Officials in Moscow have denied that there is any link between the murders of four gay men
Officials in Moscow have denied that there is any link between the murders of four gay men despite warnings issued by the US Embassy. The men died between September 1999 and June 2001, apparently after picking up someone from Kazarma, a Moscow gay club housed inside another called Chameleon. The victims have been named as British television producer Christopher Rees, Steve Malcom, an American teacher, Australian bank worker Thomas Nagy-Bachman, and Heinrich-Helmut Kurth, a chef from Germany. A leaked memo to the U.S. State Department in December said that at least one of the victims had been at the Chameleon club the night he was killed, and another was known to frequent the club. The memo added that three of the four foreigners were found stabbed multiple times in their apartments and robbed. The investigation into the deaths of Malcom and Kurth have been suspended. The deaths, which bear similarities to recent murders of Russian gay men during the same period, led the US Embassy to issue a safety warning and urge the General Prosecutor`s Office to reconsider the evidence. Svetlana Baskakova, a prosecutor from the General Prosecutor`s Office, said that the murders of four Westerners were ?not related to one another?. She said that fears of a serial killer were ?unfounded?.Baskakova would not confirm the arrest of a suspect in Nagy-Bachman`s death, a soldier from Kursk who worked as a prostitute.