A prominent Russian LGBT activist has been killed in a grisly stab and strangling attack after her details appeared on a website which urged followers to hunt down gay people.
Yelena Grigorieva, 41, was targeted by the horror-movie themed website Saw which uploaded the names and photographs of LGBT rights advocates.
On Saturday, she was found dead in the bushes at her home in St Petersburg with knife wounds and signs of strangling.
One person has been arrested, according to local media.
The Saw website which whipped up hatred towards gay people was launched in April 2018 before it was taken offline last week.
It tried to rally so-called ‘gay hunters’ to carry out ‘Chechnya’s comeback’ – a supposed reference to the purge of homosexuals from the western region in 2017.
Three days before she was killed, Ms Grigorieva spoke out about the website an urged the authorities to stamp out their twisted activities.
On Facebook, she wrote: ‘Law enforcement agencies have still not done anything to find the creators of this ‘game’ and bring them to justice,’ according to NBC.
While homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, tough laws coming out of the Kremlin create a hostile environment towards the LGBT community who regularly face animosity.
Ms Grigorieva’s death triggered a flurry of protests in the city yesterday where demonstrators criticised the state media blackout on homosexuality causes
Protester Marina Ken said: ‘Yelena was killed because she was not afraid to tell the truth about the subjects that are traditionally silent in Russia and on the country’s state TV channels.’
In 2013, Moscow banned ‘gay propaganda’, a law which was later condemned by the European Court of Human Rights.