Tilda Swinton Donates Over $2K To Cover The Cost Of Gay Russian Activist’s Funeral

tilda-russiaAll-round perfect person Tilda Swinton has donated £1,247 to cover the funeral of Alexey Davydov, a prominent gay Russian activist who died last week at age 36 following a long illness.

Davydov died Friday in Moscow after slipping into a coma. Though the cause of his death remains unclear, Davydov’s legal aid, Pavel Chikov, told BuzzFeed that a police beating may have been a contributing factor:

During the month he spent in the hospital with multiple fractures, Davydov — who was also diabetic — learned that he had acute kidney failure and subsequently spent large amounts of time undergoing dialysis. Police, however, claimed that they did not break Davydov’s arm; neither they nor the Investigative Committee, Russia’s equivalent of the FBI, began proceedings to look into the beating.

Fellow activist, the controversial Nikolai Alekseev, said that Davydov made an “enormous contribution” to the Russian LGBT movement since 2006 and that he “dedicated all his life to activism.” Alekseev, however, refuted the BuzzFeed article, calling it the “worsening of American pederastia.”

Alekseev helped organize an online bid to cover the costs of Davydov’s funeral expenses and with Swinton’s donations they actually surpassed their goal. The Oscar-winning beauty had previously shown her support for the plight of LGBT Russians when she flew a rainbow flag in Moscow back in July.

Davydov was buried this morning in a cemetery outside Moscow.

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  • fagburn

    He was beaten by the police so badly his arm was broken.
    Not sure how this contributed to his death by kidney failure.

  • andy_d

    A classy LADY. A wonderful ACTOR.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Jus’ gotta love those Nazi Pol Pot Russian government stooges… NOT!

  • fagburn

    @Dakotahgeo: Yes, this is exactly what happened under the N azis and in Cambodia under Pol Pot.
    Thanks for your rational, intelligent, non-hysterical political insight…

  • 2eo

    @Dakotahgeo: Give the blog of @fagburn: a read Dako, he doesn’t even acknowledge there are problems in Russia, he also sticks up for Elton John and has a go at Peter Tatchell and others working for our community.

  • fagburn

    @2eo: Many thanks for all the great free publicity you’ve given my humble blog – that url again…
    Although everything you say has absolutely no relation to anything I’ve actually written, it’s all been most amusing in its sheer stupidity.
    Now worried people might start to think you’re my comedy sock puppet.


  • Polaro

    I love Tilda.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @fagburn: TY!

  • Dakotahgeo

    @fagburn: and YW!

  • 2eo

    Oh no, a right wing agent provocateur and a man trying to get a visa for a convicted Brazilian sex offender have teamed up.

    I don’t know how to feel right now.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @2eo: LOLOL… you probably feel like a USA Republican/Tea Pod right now… very, very frustrated, jejeje.

  • Bomo Queebo

    @andy-d – a male is an “actor” – a female is an “actress” – like “goddess” & “princess” & “waitress” & “empress” & “temptress” & etc. – if you want to make language gender-neutral, then eliminate all such gender-specific terms so that we will have only male terms for all – “god” (no goddess) – “prince” (no princess) – and so forth – also, do away with gender-specific pronouns; no “she” (only “he”) – no “her” (only “him”) – and most of all, get rid of the term “lesbian” – all shall be “gay” (gay man & gay woman) – and actually, let’s all be “men” (no more “women”) !

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