A homophobe was arrested in Russia over the murder of a gay journalist. He allegedly planned to blackmail for money.
Dmitry Tsilikin is popular arts and theater critic (he wrote Kommersant, Moscow News, of Vogue and Elle), was found dead in his St. Petersburg home earlier this month.
The journalist was stabbed with a knife more than ten times – and by the time his body was found on the floor in the living room, he bled to death in his own blood.
Although Mr. Tolikin never talked openly about their sexual orientation, and even more have never promoted it,a number of Russian newspapers posthumously christened him as gay, after 21-year-old Sergei Kozyrev was arrested for murder.
The newspapers of the country suggest that it was the last in a series of “notorious murders of homosexuals,” and noted that Kozyrev displayed an obsession with Hitler images on his pages on social networks.
A Human Rights Watch researcher who examined the case wrote: “The attacker reportedly told the police he had met Tsilikin online and planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality but killed him after an argument. The attacker’s social network accounts contain images of swastikas and Adolf Hitler.”
They continued: “It’s critical the prosecuting authorities do not ignore evidence of all possible motives for this gruesome killing, including Tsilikin’s sexual orientation.”
“Russia has hate crime laws on the books that can be applied.”
“I have reason to be skeptical: of the several dozen anti-LGBT attacks I’ve documented in recent years, none were investigated and prosecuted as hate crimes, even the ones that most blatantly involving a hate motive.”