LGBT activist kidnapped by anti-extremism police in Ekaterinburg

posted 15 Jul 2013, 05:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jul 2013, 05:20 ]
12 July 2013 

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Ekaterinburg LGBT activist Gleb Latnik has been released after an eight-hour interview with anti-extremism police. Elena Kostiuchenko announced his reappearance in her microblog on 11th July.

“Gleb has just been released. Anti-extremism police abducted him in the morning, detained him for eight hours and said he shouldn’t even try to carry out the protest, since he wouldn’t get there,” said Kostiuchenko

As reported on, LGBT activists had already announced that one of their associates was missing: the Ekaterinburg activist, Gleb Latnik, had not made contact since the morning of 11th July. According to Kostiuchenko, Latnik was intending to hold a protest at the same time as the international industrial trade fair, but was abducted by police.

“Gleb hasn’t been sleeping at his house for the past few days, since the cops were monitoring it”, reports Kostiuchenko. “He went out to meet some journalists in the morning, but now his mobile phone is switched off.”

Latnik himself had written on his social network pages the previous day, saying that law enforcement officers had come to his house. Not finding the activist at home, a police officer left a telephone number. On the phone, however, they refused to tell Latnik why they were interested in him. A law enforcement officer also refused to issue him a formal summons, but suggested that he come to the station to pick up the summons himself.

“The same police officer (though not in uniform) and two other men are now sitting in a car outside my house,” said Latnik. “I don’t know what to do…”

It previously emerged that a St. Petersburg court has acquitted the participants of a protest held on the Field of Mars on 29th June.