A man was tortured and murdered in the Russian city of Volgograd, apparently because he was gay, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The battered body of the unidentified victim was found in the morning of May 10. Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack.
The 23-year-old victim had been drinking with the two men to celebrate Victory Day on May 9 when he told them he was gay. The two men then allegedly beat him, sodomised him with a beer bottle, and smashed in his skull with a stone. The local news portal, V1.ru, reported:
The man arrested confessed when questioned. Together with the victim and two friends, he had been drinking beer on a bench in the courtyard playground. During their discussion, it transpired that their 23-year-old friend was homosexual, which enraged the others.
The man arrested, along with his 21-year-old friend, who had also previously been convicted of a crime, began to beat up their homosexual friend, tackled him to the ground, and kicked him repeatedly, causing multiple rib fractures.
They stripped the victim naked and began shoving beer bottles into the victim’s anus. Two bottles went in completely, but the third only partially. By then, the victim had lost consciousness. His torturers placed the body on a cardboard and set it on fire, and then left.
On the way they realised that if their friend regained consciousness, he would go to the police. Therefore, they turned back and decided to kill the victim. One of them took a rock weighing about 20 kg and struck the victim eight times on the head.