A political story has been stamping Russian news in recent days. It all began after the death of LGBT + rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva, whose body was found last Sunday (21/07) near her home. Her name and other community activists would be on the list of a Deadly Games-inspired website to promote the hunting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite and transgender people in Russia.
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Three days before she was brutally murdered by knife strikes and strangling, 41-year-old Yelena posted a Facebook post denouncing that the "Saw" site was encouraging the execution and harassment of members of the Russian LGBT + community. For family and friends of the victim, her death would be associated with the frequent threats she had been receiving, especially since the site, which had the full name, phone number, address and photos of activists of the cause, went back online. According to them, the Mortal Games simulator could always return after being knocked down.
Death of Russian activist Yelena Grigoryeva may be associated with LGBT's Deadly Games-themed site Photo: Reproduction / Facebook
In a Facebook post, Yelena's friend and activist Dinar Idrisov said he asked her to make a copy of her house key and give it to him, but there was no time. "Lena asked a mutual friend to take care of her cat in the event of her death when she was threatened with murder. He promised to do so to calm her down, although she did not believe in carrying out the threats," wrote Idrisov.
CNN, a spokeswoman for the Russian LGBT community, who declined to be named, confirmed that Yelena's name was on the site, as well as that of other activists. "We don't know who is behind the project, but they collected personal information about LGBT activists, such as their names, photos and addresses, published it and asked people to hunt or kill them," he said.
Website used the Deadly Games theme to promote the hunting and killing of LGBTs in Russia Photo: Reproduction / Internet
At the New York Post, another Russian LGBT + activist, Svetlana Zakharova, commented on the persistence of the creators of the "Saw" site to keep the portal up and running. "People are very worried. Well, I would say the fact that this site exists for so long, without any reaction from the authorities, very revealing," he said.
A 40-year-old man was arrested for the crime, which is still under investigation, according to NBC. According to the portal, the St. Petersburg police, who took over the case, confirmed that Yelena had been repeatedly threatened, but claimed that the threats did not appear to be a risk to her life. The researchers argued that they could be linked to people they knew or family problems.