Dmitry Chizhenvskiy, 27, gives a speach at an event commemorating LGBT victims of homophobic violence in Russia. He had his left eye permanently destroyed by in a homophobic attack on 3 November 2013 when three armed men entered into a private meeting for homosexuals in St. Petersburg. The attackers hit people with baseball bats and, at close range, Dmitry was shot directly into his left eye with an air gun. The perpetrators have not been found. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the first years of the Soviet Union, but in 1933 Josef Stalin prohibited all homosexual activities and so it remained illegal until 1993.