Moscow, September 7 2008. Two homosexuals and three illegal immigrants lynched in a supermarket
10 Sep 2008 22:38 GMT
Several news agencies and Internet blogs have been distributing the unconfirmed information of the Voina group taking responsibility for the hanging of two gay activists and three illegal migrant workers inside one of Moscow's largest supermarkets.
Gay activists and illegal migrant workers under convoy in the supermarket
A Kyrgyz migrant gazes into the camera lined up with others before the execution
Unidentified city official supervising the hanging of a gay activist
One of the three lynched Central Asian immigrants
LGBT activist in convulsion surrounded by spectators
MOSCOW, September 7 - On Sunday Moscow celebrated City Day marked with festivities filled with nationalist and city pride and the usual homopobic and xenophobic spirits of contemporary Russia were flaming high. The execution through hanging took place inside the "Auchan" supermarket in the Belaya Dacha area on the outskirts of the celebrating capital.
As stated on Internet blogs in Russia the lynching took place at around 9 pm; another blog gives further photographic evidence, describing how the heavily drugged victims were brought under convoy inside the supermarket and hung in the lighting department.
As activists who organized the execution were detained by police, blogs indicate in Russia, several announcements have been made that the event was a gift prepared by the Voina group for Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov.
The acclaimed Russian philologist Alexei Plutser-Sarno with connections to the Voina group claims in his blog that the executioners were inspired by the 19th century political hanging of Decembrists. An LGBT rainbow banner is seen in the background on event images reading "Pestel doesn't bother cock", the organizer's obscene admission to the death of democracy in Russia referring to Pavel Pestel, the leader of the Southern Society of Decembrists who was executed by hanging with four other revolutionaries in 1826.
It is unclear whether Voina members are still in police custody. Numerous appeals have been made by public and political organizations for criminal prosecution of the Voina group for - civil disturbance and hooliganism after the renowned "Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!" action, intrusion into public office after the "Cop Humiliation In His Own Domain", inciting hatred and religious enmity after the "Censorsip Sux! - He fucks, you think?" gallery show and on a variety of other charges for events by the unlawful group.
Neither representatives of the Voina group, nor the Moscow police press-center were available to comment on this event.
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Reuters Latest News Pictures of the executed: gay activist, illegal Uzbek migrant.