In the near future Moscow will see the beginning of a new group Women's Group of Strength Training and Self-Defense." Classes will be held in a high-level sport club and are promised to be taught by professional trainers.
Moscow Lesbians Create Self-Defense Group
The organization of the Self-Defense Group is a direct response from the lesbian community to the bashings that took place at the end of April, beginning of May 2006. During the incident, in which defenseless lesbians were primarily targeted, a Creative Center for Lesbians was burned down in Moscow and several lesbians were subjected to violence.
The Lesbian community was alarmed by the incident especially after rumors were spread on the internet concerning the violent rape by one lesbian by fascists. The rumors, however, were never confirmed by local Moscow police.
The Self-Defense course will be offered for free by the group.
Translation by Timofey Grishin