Image from CCTV footage of the incident outside the Central Station club in Moscow
Two men opened fire outside a Moscow gay nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Russian sites have reported that the attack took place outside Central Station, described as the city’s most popular gay club.
It appears that two men who were harassing patrons were prevented from entering the club at around 5am by security personnel.
In response, the men opened fire with a pistol, shooting towards the venue’s entrance. While the building was struck, no one was harmed in the attack.
According to Life News, this is not the first incident of concern at the club which has been plagued by number of “provocative” incidents.
This includes a banner being placed outside the front of the venue proclaiming “gay entrance”.
The club’s owners said that they have “repeatedly appealed to the police” and other authorities to help stop the ongoing provocation.
They described Saturday’s attack as an “extremist act of hate or hostility towards persons belonging to a particular social group”.
CCTV footage of the incident has been handed over the to police and a formal complaint has been laid.
Russian activists have recorded an increase in homophobic incidents in recent months following the adoption of anti-gay legislation by the government, such as the internationally condemned law banning ‘gay propaganda’.