Officials in Russia's Far East are holding 3 men they suspect of killing an airport manager because he was gay.

The 39-year-old victim was the local deputy director of Ozyornaya airport. His body was found in his burned-out car on Thursday.

Officials have accused three men from a village on the Kamchatka peninsula of stabbing and trampling the man to death.

“In order to cover-up the crime, the suspects put his body inside his car, poured gasoline over it and set [it] on fire,” the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said in a statement on Monday.

Last month, police accused two men from the southern city of Volgograd of murdering a 23-year-old man after he came out gay to them. The victim, Vladislav Tornovoi, allegedly was beaten and sodomized with a beer bottle, and his skull was smashed with a stone. His naked body was found in the courtyard of an apartment building.

Nikolai Alexeyev, a gay rights activist, told the Moscow Times that a proposed bill which seeks to outlaw “homosexual propaganda” would give homophobes carte blanche to carry out such attacks.