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Moscow Gay Club Attacked With Poison Gas

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Nov 25, 2013

A popular gay nightclub in Moscow, which was the scene of anti-gay violence last week, again came under attack on Saturday Nov. 23, according to Queer Russia.

On Saturday night, unknown attackers sprayed the Central Station nightclub with a harmful gas. Queer Russia reports there were about 500 people in the club and several sought out medical attention, while many refused to go to the hospital.

Central Station's staff instantly turned on a smoke removal machine, which got rid of the poison gas in just a few minutes, Russia's news agency LifeNews reports.

"Today is the fourth provocation against the club arranged by unknown persons. We believe that they are connected with the building owner," Andrey Leschinsky, the club general director, said. "They are spraying the gas inside the club premises, thereby trying to express their extremist views against the LGBT community, which likes to visit our club.

Central Station's management has filed a complaint to the police in hopes it will prevent further anti-LGBT violence.

Last week, two armed men entered the club and opened fire around 5 a.m. Though there were no injuries, the attackers tried to enter the club, but Central Station's guards refused to allow them inside. The suspects were tracked on surveillance cameras and the video is possession of LifeNews in order to assist local police.

The club's management says the attackers wanted to shoot the club's patrons.


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