SUSPICIONS ARISE AFTER CONFESSION IN MURDER OF RUSSIAN LGBT ACTIVIST YELENA GRIGORYEVA

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09/19/2019

LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva’s body was found in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 20, with evidence she had been choked, stabbed and thrown into the bushes near her home. Now, two months later, police say they have obtained a confession from a suspect, but Grigoryeva’s friends are dubious. Grigoryeva, 41, had received numerous death threats from anti-gay groups since beginning her activism on behalf of Russia’s marginalized queer community, including pictures of knives sent on social media. Her name appeared on a list of LGBT activists prepared by the group Pila, which has previously called Russian homosexuals to be rounded up and deported to Chechnya.

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