Wed, 11 Dec 2019

Yelena Grigoryeva, an LGBT rights campaigner in Russia's second largest city of Saint Petersburg, has been killed, the local online newspaper Fontanka reported citing police.

She was found dead with multiple stab wounds on July 20 near her house and apparently was strangled, according to Fontanka as well as a Facebook post by opposition campaigner Dinar Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network.

Idrisov said Grigoryeva had received multiple threats both online and offline.

Aside from LGBT causes, Grigoryeva opposed Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and took part in rallies in support of political prisoners.

'Recently she has frequently been a victim of violence and received murder threats,' Idrisov said. Grigoryeva 'filed complaints to the police regarding the violence and the threats, but there was no reaction.'

It is not clear whether the police are investigating her death as a hate crime.

Based on reporting by the AFP, Fontanka, and Meduza

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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