Russian officials had been largely ignoring international appeals for a probe of last spring’s round-up, imprisonment and torture of suspected gay men in Chechnya, pointing out that none of the victims had stepped forward publicly as a witness. But last month a Russian man spoke publicly about the extreme abuse he experienced in Chechnya after …
The Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper released the names of 27 men, ages 18 to 33, who allegedly were killed in the recent anti-gay crackdown. Early accounts of the homophobic purge had put the death toll at three fatalities or more.
A gay journalist from Uzbekistan has been spared deportation from Russia, at least temporarily, after pleading that he would be tortured if he were sent back.
After Ramadan ended on June 24, Chechnya again started arresting its LGBT citizens, says Igor Kochetkov of the Russia LGBT Network. About 100 sexual minorities were reportedly arrested in the spring crackdown, and apparently another 10 have been detained since mid-June.
The names of 26 Chechen victims of extrajudicial killings so far in 2017 have been delivered to Russian officials conducting a preliminary investigation of human rights abuses in Chechnya, where more than 100 allegedly LGBT people were reportedly arrested, the Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported today.
Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, gave LGBT demonstrators a pleasant surprise: In contrast to previous years’ harassment, police on May 17 protected 300 LGBT people and allies at a rally celebrating the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
LGBT people aren’t the only ones who are at risk of official violence in Chechnya. Chechen leaders have issued threats against journalists who reported the mass arrests and torture of men in Chechnya who were suspected of being gay.
The Russian republic of Chechnya has reportedly sent gay men that it arrested last week to secret prisons described as “concentration camps.”