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Russian LGBTIQ+ activist killed after being listed on 'gay-hunting' website

Yelena Grigoryeva was fatally stabbed in the Russian city of St Petersburg. Source: Facebook

A Russian LGBTIQ+ activist feared her life was in danger after she discovered her name on a website that offered prizes for attacking gays. She was killed days later.

Prominent LGBTIQ+ activist Yelena Grigoryeva was fatally stabbed in the Russian city of St. Petersburg days after she alerted friends that her name had appeared on a website that encourages the "hunt for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people".

Local media reported that the 41-year-old's body was discovered in bushes near her home on Sunday afternoon. 

Ms Grigoryeva feared her life was in danger after she discovered her name on a website that offered prizes for attacking gays.
Ms Grigoryeva feared her life was in danger after she discovered her name on a website that offered prizes for attacking gays.
Facebook

Days before her death, Ms Grigoryeva posted about the website on Facebook. 

The 41-year-old wrote that the website posted the personal data of "presumably LGBT+" activists, "including photos and addresses," and offered awards to those who carried out attacks. 

A memorial to Elena Grigorieva at the Dvortsovaya square in St. Petersburg.
A memorial to Elena Grigorieva at the Dvortsovaya square in St. Petersburg.
AAP

Fellow activist and friend of Ms Grigoryeva, Dinar Idrisov said "she has been the victim of violence and has often been threatened with murder."

"I learned today that Lena asked a mutual friend to take care of her cat in the event of her death when she was threatened with murder. She promised to do this in order to calm her down, although she did not believe in the realisation of the threats," he said in a Facebook post following her death.

A suspect has been detained in connection with her murder, according to local news site, Fontanka.

It's not yet clear if the attack was linked to Ms Grigoryeva's activism.

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