Maximum terror, minimum sentences: Russia’s LGBT are on their own

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Maximum terror, minimum sentences: Russia’s LGBT are on their own

Attacker was acquitted after he confessed to assaulting a couple and claimed the deceased victim ‘fell on the knife’

Nataliya Vasilyeva

Within moments of stepping out of a gay club with his partner one morning in Moscow, Roman Yedalov was lying on the ground bleeding to death.

A stranger had stabbed the 47-year-old in the heart in the latest hate-fuelled incident to shock Russia’s beleaguered gay community, which already endures jibes and abuse from the government.

It appeared to be an open and shut case in court earlier this month, but the killer was acquitted by a jury despite overwhelming evidence against him...

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