Complaint to the ECHR made the police to inspect the crime scene one year and a half after the attack

Complaint to the ECHR made the police to inspect the crime scene one year and a half after the attack. After the complaint of Murmansk LGBT activist was registered at the ECHR, the police started another investigation.

Homophobic attack on the office of Murmansk LGBT organization Maximum happened more than year and a half ago. Two people, including LGBT activist Violetta Grudina, were in the office at the time of the attack. Many times the police refused to initiate criminal proceedings. Even the intervention of the regional Human Rights Ombudsperson Alexander Patrikeev did not help. As Violetta Grudina put it, it was the complaint to the ECHR that changed the situation. “It is really sad that I had to apply to the international institutions to make our law enforcement agencies perform their duties” – she added.

On August 30, 2016, the ECHR registered the complaint and soon after Grudina was interrogated again. On September 29, the crime scene was examined and even photographed, despite the fact that the attack happened more than year and a half ago.

On April 13, 2015, unknown individuals attacked the office of the Murmansk LGBT organization "Maximum" (now "Maximum" initiative group). They sprayed pepper gas inside the community center, which is located on the first floor of a residential building. Two people were in the office at the time of the attack, including LGBT activist Violetta Grudina.

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