Moscow, 7 Sep ’08. 2 homosexuals and 3 Asian migrants lynched in supermarket by Voina group
20 Sep 2008 02:28 GMT
On the first weekend of September, in an action dubbed “Decembrists Commemoration”, activists of the Voina group have executed through hanging five representatives of the two most vulnerable social groups in Moscow.
Voina executioner addresses victims in supermarket parking lot
Gay activists and illegal migrant workers lead under convoy in the supermarket
Kyrgyz migrant gazes into camera lined up with others before his execution
Gay activist hanging in front, Uzbek migrant lynched at back
Uzbek after hanging, one of the three lynched illegal migrants
LGBT activist in convulsion surrounded by spectators
Gay and migrant: dead in Moscow's biggest store on City Day
MOSCOW, September 7 – Newspapers in Russia have been ending their pieces on this year’s Moscow City Day with reports of an unusual gift prepared by the Voina group for Muscovites and mayor Yury Luzhkov. Inside Moscow’s largest supermarket the notorious anarcho group has lynched a total of five subjects – one Russian homosexual, another LGBT activist of Jewish background, one construction worker from Kyrgyzstan and two Uzbek illegal migrants.
The hanging took place at sunset in the “Auchan” supermarket in the Belaya Dacha area on the outskirts of Moscow with the assistance of store staff, police and officials from City Office. Mayor Luzhkov found popularity among Muscovites by making the life of LGBT and working-class migrants intolerable in Russia’s capital. The Voina group was approached by several struggling immigrants who offered to be hanged in the course of a Voina action, claiming that they are tired of bearing humiliation of a low-wage illegal life in Moscow. Two homosexuals, who were lynched with the three migrants on Sunday, as heavily drugged as they were managed to say in their last statement that many more queer folk in Russia’s capital would prefer to be executed than to deal with the daily humiliation and harassment done by police and the city’s homophobic majority.
Photo galleries and popular Russian Internet blogs (Plucer and Kassian) have described in detail the course of the execution that shocked Moscow on September 7. The lynching took place at approximately 9 pm – victims were brought under convoy into the supermarket and hung in the lighting department.
Before the lynching began an LGBT gay pride banner was lifted with “Nobody gives a fuck about Pestel” written in silver. The executioners from the Voina group were inspired by the execution of Pavel Pestel and the City Day lynching action was dubbed “Decembrists Commemoration”. Values of the Decembrists, 19th century Russian revolutionaries who were once considered heroes for their revolt against the Tsar, are no longer appreciated in this country. In 1825 they lost their lives demanding a Constitution with civil liberties and freedom for the enslaved peasants – in 2008 those demands amount to full rights for the LGBT and priority treatment for non-white migrants.
PHOTO: Complete gallery on Flickr
In the news: Towleroad gay news, Reuters
Reports w/photos (Russian): Plucer, Kassian
The participation of police and federal security in the lynching, evident on the video, helped Voina activists and executioners to avoid prosecution, although even the local liberal entertainment press has called the “DC” action “shameless”, calling on law authorities to look into the group’s activity – the explicit hooliganism of the “Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!” action, resistance to authority and intrusion into public office in "Cop Humiliation In His Own Domain", inciting hatred and religious enmity in the "Censorsip Sux! - He fucks, you think?" gallery show and on a variety of other charges for events by the unlawful group. In May, anticipating criminal charges and prosecution, the Voina group has staged a road accident-picket in front of the Prosecutor’s Office to show that artists are willing to take on the fight.