2007-06-19 10:01:00

Young Orthodox activists insist they were fired at by their opponents at Ilyinsky Public Garden in Moscow

Moscow, June 19, Interfax - Young Orthodox activists who patrol the Memorial to the Heroes of Plevna in Moscow, a meeting place for sexual minorities, were fired at by unknown persons last Sunday.

'Several shots were fired from a pneumatic gun from a car parked nearby. There are injured passersby and activists of patriotic public organizations. A man was wounded in the neck. At present doctors refuse to extract the bullet as there is a threat to his life', Diana Romanovskaya, press secretary of the movement, informed Interfax.

Interfax has so far obtained no confirmation of this report from the law-enforcement at the moment.

According to Romanovskaya, the activists continued patrolling the area around the memorial on Sunday, in spite of the fact that five of their associates were beaten up the previous night.

'Sympathetic Muscovites and people from various public organizations joined us. Many people in Moscow simply came up to the patrol to express their support. The patrol was thus reinforced', she told the agency.

Despite this reinforcement, she continued, 'sexual minorities continued their provocation. Gays attacked the gathering, provoking fights. All this resulted in their shooting'.

Romanovskaya maintains that 'gays, who initiated the fight, were detained by the police in good time but were very quickly released. They came back to the chapel and continued their threats and provocations'.

In this connection, the Orthodox activists have demanded an intervention from the Moscow government. 'We ask Mayor Yury Luzhkov personally to take measures to stop the sodomites' attacks against Muscovites, to put an end to the everyday defilement of the chapel and to install a fence around it', Romanovskaya stated.