Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

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08/05/2019

When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a “gay-hunting” group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously. The group called itself “Pila”, meaning “saw”, after the series of Hollywood horror films of the same name, in which a serial killer plays games with his victims. Pila promised “very dangerous and cruel little gifts” to a number of Russia’s gay activists. “That’s just a threat,” Grigoryeva wrote on Facebook early last month, posting a screen grab of the group’s website on her page. “This is not how crimes are committed.” On July 21, her body was found in bushes close to her home in Saint Petersburg, with at least eight stab wounds to her face and back. She was 41.

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