Man Arrested for Murder of LGBTQ Russian Activist on “Gay Hunting” Site

Officials claim her murder was a domestic situation and are not pursing hate crime charges.

Above: Protesters call for an investigation into the murder of LGBTQ rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva, near the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Russian LGBTQ activist Elena Grigoryeva, police said on Thursday.

The name of the suspect has not been released, only that he was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia, in 1981. According to the Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, the man said he had been drunk during the attack.

Officials do not intend to pursue hate crime charges, claiming the murder was not motivated by her activist work, nor her bisexual identity.

"The murder was committed on domestic grounds during a conflict that arose between two people who had known each other previously," the Investigative Committee has said.

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LGBT activists hold placards and LGBT community flags during their protest demanding investigate the murder of LGBT rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva , near the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on 24 July, 2019. The activists call on the Russia to investigate murder of LGBT rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva. LGBT activist Elena Grigorieva was found murdered with multiple stab wounds in Russian Saint Petersburg on 21 July 2019, as media reported. Yelena Grigoryeva was a regular participant in rallies supporting LGBT rights, Crimean Tatars rights and freedom for Ukrainian political prisoners. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The body of Grigoryeva, 41, was discovered on Saturday. She had been stabbed in the face and back eight times, and was strangled. Prior to her death she had appeared on a site encouraging people to hunt down, kidnap, and torture LGBTQ people.

Grigoryeva, who was bisexual, also received numerous threats, which she reported to police, according to her friends. Police denied receiving the threats.

A spokesman for the Council of Europe has urged Russia to conduct a full and transparent investigation, citing rising hate crimes rates in Europe and the need to protect LGBTQ communities, NBC News reports.

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