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Assaulted Russian Activist Identifies Attacker

Assaulted Russian Activist Identifies Attacker


A Russian LGBT activist who was assaulted in early October has reportedly identified his attacker.

Gay Russiareports that Bulat Barantaev, a known gay rights advocate, was badly beaten in the center of Novosibirsk following a trip to the mayor's office, where he filed a notice of his intent to hold a public demonstration.

Authorities say masked men attacked Barantaev, stripped him down, assaulted him with eggs, and then escaped, despite the presence of police.

According to the story, Barantaev wrote a statement on Wednesday identifying one of his attackers from a photo on the internet.

Barantaev is reportedly well known in Russia for demanding tolerance for gay teens as well as "talking about the prevalence of homosexuality in the animal world."

Read the original story (in Russian) here.

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