Russian Thugs and Vitaly Milonov Attack and Gas Crowd At St. Petersburg Queer Culture Festival
Anti-gay Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov joined a group of about 20 anti-gay thugs from the Russian Orthodox Church and crashed the opening of the St. Petersburg International Queer Culture Festival. Milonov and his thugs insulted and physically manhandled guests, representatives of human rights organizations and European and the US diplomats. Thn they proceeded to spray guests with green substance and some sort of putrid gas. At one point, two foreign guests were being pulled into the venue by the security while being pulled out by their feet by the attackers. 16 attendees were reportedly hospitalized after an unknown gas was released.
Via Radio Free Europe:
St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, his aide Anatoly Artyukh, and activists who associate themselves with the Russian Orthodox faith interrupted the opening ceremony of the “KviroFest-2014” event at a cafe on September 18. The visitors splashed an indelible green antiseptic on participants and released an unidentified gas that sickened many. The 10-day festival opened despite the attack. Russia decriminalized homosexual relations after the 1991 Soviet collapse, but such harassment is common. Rights defenders and Western governments including the United States say a 2013 law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors is discriminatory and encourages ill-treatment of LGBT people.
now comes the news that the venues hosting Queerfest have bowed to anti-gay pressures, and most events are now homeless. But the organizers remain optimistic.