Friday, January 10, 2014
Russian club owner seeks asylum in US; Obama urged to use Magnitsky Act
The Washington Blade, in a story by Michael Lavers, reports that Arkady Gyngazov. the owner of a prominent gay club in Moscow, the Central Station, will seek political asylum in the United States. He arrived in December. The club was attacked twice in November, as explained in detail in the article here.
The Russian anti-gay law seems to have led to increased violence against gays and lesbians and their businesses, on a shallow belief that gays are causing Russia to lose population.
Lavers also has a story about calls for president Obama to use the Magnitsky Act (the eponym is a Russian lawyer who died in 2009; wiki ) to freeze assets and deny visas to certain Russians associated with passing the anti-gay law.