In one of the cafes in the center of St. Petersburg on April 12th, gay activist, Nikolai Alekseev from Moscow, was robbed of contents valued at 100,000 rubles, including a camera. He reported to journalists that the owner of the establishment refused to help him in finding the perperators.
“I was told there was no surveillance camera in the cafe, although I’m sure it’s a lie” said Alexeyev. “I suspect the thieves have accompices among the employees.”
Alexeyev promised to return to St. Petersburg on April 19th, when the next meeting on his claim against deputy Vitaly Milonov is scheduled.
Previously Alexeyev came to the northern capital to defend the rights of sexual minorities after the controversial homophobic law.
Changes in the St. Petersburg Law “On Administrative Offences” entered into force on 30 March. From now on, in St. Petersburg public actions aimed at promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, is punishable by a fine of 5000 rubles for individuals up to 500,000 rubles for legal entities. The author of the law, Vitaly Milonov, became a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg.