Yelena Grigoryeva

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Yelena Grigoryeva (1977/1978 – July 21, 2019) was a human rights, and LGBTQ rights activist. She also opposed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.[1][2][3] She was murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia on 21 July 2019 after being stabbed and strangled to death by unknown assailants. Grigoryeva's identifying information had appeared in July on a website by a group calling themselves ‘Saw’ after the American horror film franchise. The group encouraged readers to hunt, kidnap and murder a list of LGBTQ+ people. Saw's website was blocked in Russia but a new list of LGBTQ+ activists, journalists and citizens are circulating on social media apps and messaging apps in the country, still encouraging others to murder LGBTQ+ people in Russia.


  1. ^ "Prominent LGBT activist murdered in Russia". BBC. 2019-07-23. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  2. ^ "Russian LGBT Activist Is Found Dead; Friends Say She Was Threatened". Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "Russian LGBTQ activist is killed after being listed on gay-hunting website". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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