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Transsexual In Bashkortostan Stabbed To Death

A Russian transsexual has been reportedly stabbed to death in Ufa, the capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan.

Russian reports cite Anzhela Likina's relatives and law enforcement officials as saying that she was attacked on February 1.

Likina, who was officially a male named Oleg Vorobyov, became well-known across Russia in 2014 after an online video went viral showing police officers stopping Likina for a traffic violation and then being shocked by her male name on the driver license.

Reports say that a boyfriend of Likina's former wife has been detained in the alleged attack.

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have faced problems in Russia and other ex-Soviet republics for years.

Russia has been harshly criticized for its gay-rights record, including a vaguely worded law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors that many critics say has led to discrimination and attacks against the LGBT community.

Based on reporting by and