The festival continued after the threat was determined false.
The event was held at the Sokos Hotel and the participants were asked to leave the venue after the film started.
“At the moment, a bomb message has been received and the building will be checked. We have to exit the building and we will keep you posted. We are waiting for the check to be finished and we will inform you, ” the organisers said to the public.
Various news outlets reported on the disruption of the festival.
ЛГБТ-кинофестиваль «Бок о Бок» снова попытались сорвать. Среди гостей мероприятия были консулы из Европы: часть из них уехала после сообщения о минировании, часть осталась. Но даже после проверки «минирования» попасть обратно никто не может.https://t.co/lEx6RKdzKO
— «Бумага» (@paperpaper_ru) November 14, 2019
During last year’s festival, State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov criticised the event and interfered with its running. He demanded the cancellation of the festival and informed the rescue services that a hostage-taking situation had occurred during the festival. The police arrived, and all the participants were taken outside.
The deputy later claimed that he only wanted to check the rental certificates.