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Tatar Activist Under Investigation For Praising Orlando Massacre

Ramil Ibragimov (right) takes a photo with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

A youth activist in Russia's Tatarstan region is under investigation for publicly supporting the mass killing of 49 people in Orlando, Florida.

The Investigative Committee's branch in Tatarstan said on June 17 that Ramil Ibragimov, 35, was facing charges of making "public calls for terrorism and justifying terrorist activities."

Ibragimov, who is the head of Tatarstan's Union of Young Leaders of Innovation, placed a post on Instagram on June 14 that supported the killing of "fags."

Using very vulgar language, Ibragimov, said he was sorry that 53 wounded survivors of the mass shooting "did not croak," adding that he hopes that "all of them will bite the dust soon."

"The Union of Young Leaders of Innovation sincerely supports this convincing action!" Ibragimov wrote.

On June 12, an American with Afghan roots, Omar Mateen, shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Mateen was killed by police at the scene.

During the shooting spree, Mateen called emergency services and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

In his Instagram post Ibragimov called Mateen "a straight Afghan fella."

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax