A gay rights activist says several people have been injured by masked men who stormed into a Moscow gay club.
According to AFP, Viktoriya Soto of the 7 Freedays club said that a dozen attackers broke in late on Thursday to coincide with international Coming Out Day.
One witness said he initially thought the attack was part of a show to mark the event.
“I thought it was part of the show because it was Coming Out Day and people came in wearing masks,” Pavel Samburov said in a TV interview. “Only later I realised it wasn’t a show but an attack.”
“It was really scary,” added another witness.
As a result of the attack in the bar in central Moscow, four people were injured and three were hospitalised.
Moscow police told Russian media that a young woman has been treated for broken glass in her eye.
This year three Russian cities have passed laws imposing fines for “homosexual propaganda.”