MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian activist for LGBT rights who was fatally stabbed in St Petersburg had commonly acquired loss of life threats and reported them to police, who did nothing to guard her earlier than she was murdered, a fellow campaigner mentioned.
Elena Grigoryeva, 41, was discovered lifeless with a number of knife wounds on Sunday night, in accordance with a press release from the Investigative Committee, the state physique that investigates main crimes.
“Just lately she had been a sufferer of violence and was commonly threatened with homicide,” Dinar Idrisov, a rights activist who mentioned he knew Grigoryeva, wrote on Fb.
“Lena and her lawyer appealed to legislation enforcement each on account of violence and on account of threats, however there was no noticeable response.”
Police in St Petersburg confirmed she had reported being threatened repeatedly, however mentioned the threats had not appeared a danger to her life and have been associated to home conflicts with folks she knew, the RBC media portal reported.
Grigoryeva campaigned for homosexual rights and in addition took half in anti-war protests and rallies on different points.
The Investigative Committee’s St Petersburg department mentioned late on Monday it was working to determine the identification of the suspect or suspects accountable for the homicide.
Native on-line information outlet Fontanka reported on Monday a 40-year-old male suspect from the area of Bashkortostan had been detained.
Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Modifying by Peter Graff