Russian police arrest new suspect in slaying of LGBT activist

by Reuters
Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:35 GMT

Police officers detain LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva during a rally held by activists of a local LGBT community, who protest against discrimination in Saint Petersburg, Russia April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo

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LGBT+ activist Elena Grigoryeva was stabbed on July 20 by a local resident after an argument

MOSCOW, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Russian police have detained a new suspect in the fatal stabbing of an LGBT activist near her home in St Petersburg after last week taking the wrong man into custody, investigators said on Thursday.

Elena Grigoryeva, 41, was stabbed eight times in the face and back the night of July 20 by a local resident she had been drinking with, following an argument between the two, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The agency, which handles major crimes, last week arrested a man born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan who had known Grigoryeva, but said he had accused another man of the murder during questioning and that further investigation had shown his allegations to be correct.

Grigoryeva campaigned for gay rights and also took part in anti-war protests and rallies on other issues.

A spokesman for the Council of Europe has urged Russia to conduct a full and transparent investigation into the murder, noting on social media what it said were rising hate crimes in Europe and the need to protect LGBT communities. (Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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