Amidst a series of violent anti-gay attacks, The Central Station, Moscow’s largest LGBT club, has closed their doors for good, reports Gay Star News. The club was the victim of what seemed to be an attack campaign, suffering over 20 attacks including poison gas, gunshots outside the venue, and even having their roof taken dismantled and property stolen.
On his VK page (the Russian equivalent of Facebook), Central Station’s CEO Andrei Lischinsky said he’s tired of ‘fighting’ and will let the place go.
“I am resigning from my job as CEO of the Central Station club.”
“[I'm] Tired of fighting with the “windmills”. It has been three years of unforgettable work in the biggest gay club in the country, a lot has been passed through: the attack of the local prosecutor’s office, and burning my car down , and the fight against the raiders… It was one of the most interesting experiences of my working life.”
It’s a terrible blow to the local LGBT community, and I’m disheartened that it has gone so far. The Russian LGBT community deserves to hang out at a safe place, and this needs to change, NOW.
You can read the whole article form Gay Star News here.
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