Russians protest over hate crime murder of journalist

Russian gay rights activists on Friday held a protest over the murder of a journalist in the northwestern city of St Petersburg, accusing the authorities of hushing up a homophobic hate crime.

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54-year-old journalist and respected theatre critic Dmitry Tsilikin was found stabbed to death in his flat on April 1, with investigators saying he met his killer online.

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Gay activists and local media have suggested the murder had a homophobic motive, citing neo-Nazi messages posted on social media by the detained suspect, a student.

Around a dozen activists attended the protest on a pedestrian street in the centre of St Petersburg on Friday, monitored by police who did not break it up.

Read more at digitaljournal.com

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