A human rights group in Russia has asked prosecutors to look into the homophobic comments of a politician who urged for the Cossack community to flog gay people in public squares.
Speaking to the Chita news agency Mr Mikhailov linked gay people to paedophiles and described homosexuality as a “common shame”.
He added that his province should adopt a law in which officials have the right to flog the “asses” of gay people.
Vitaly Cherkasov, head of the Zabaikalsky Human Rights Centre, said he believed that Mr Mikhailov’s remarks could help incite hatred toward the gay community among locals. The regional prosecutor’s office said it would respond to the group’s request to evaluate the legality of the comment.