Moscow’s biggest gay club to reopen in new location, after attacks forced closure

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Moscow’s biggest gay club will reopen in a new location, after it was forced to shut its doors following a string of anti-gay attacks.

Gay club Central Station had announced in March it would close its doors for good, after a string of vigilante attacks.

The club has suffered from a huge number of attacks in the past year, including shootings, the release of a poisonous gasand a coordinated attack by around 100 men.

CEO Andrei Lischinsky, who stepped away from the project, had said that Moscow Police refused to investigate any of the incidents, and that none of his 30 complaints had received a police response.

However, the club has now announced that it will return, reopening in a new location, replacing its former home in the centre of Moscow at the Komsomolskaya metro station.

According to the Calvert Journal, the club has moved to the Avtozavodskaya metro station, away from the city centre in the south of Moscow.

A statement reads: “The concept of the previous Central Station is not lost and is even more clearly embodied in the new project. The goal is to give everyone what they want.”

According to the website, the new venue will feature “a large dance floor with video screens, a lounge area, karaoke and a summer terrace, as well as a bar serving food and drink”.