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16.05.2018

As Interfax reported, on May 14, the Russian Justices Minister commented on the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya organized by local authorities. During his presentation of the Russian official report at the UPR session in Geneva, Alexander Konovalov said that “Conducted checks, including using information provided by media, which had initially sent a signal on such violations, failed to confirm not only the existence of facts of violations of these rights, we were unable to find even members of the LGBT community in Chechnya". "Please help us do that, - find them," he added.

04.04.2018

On April 3, a press conference “Persecution of LGBT in Chechnya. A year after” took place in Moscow. At the press conference, the co-founder of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov and Novaya Gazeta’s special correspondent Elena Milashina explained what happened during the year passed, and shared the results of the conducted pre-investigation check. 

02.04.2018

A year has passed since the publication of first testimonies of LGBT people that faced persecution in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. However the unlawful detentions, humiliation and torture of LGBT people in Northern Caucasus persist. There are some things one can do to support the victims of the state-organized persecutions of LGBT in Chechnya.

01.04.2018

A year has passed since the publication of first testimonies of LGBT people that faced persecution in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. However the unlawful detentions, humiliation and torture of LGBT people in Northern Caucasus persist. We demand that the inquiry is resumed by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and that the investigation of the crimes against humanity, whose survivors were the citizens of the Russian Federation based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, is thorough.

29.03.2018

On April 3, 2018 (11 am), a press conference devoted to the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya will take place at the press center of news agency Rosbalt (Moscow, Skaterny pereulok 4/2, building 1). A year passed since the moment when the world learned about the unprecedented kidnappings, tortures and murders of LGBT people in Chechnya, but the Russian authorities still do not do anything to stop persecutions or punish perpetrators.

12.03.2018

The Russian Federation has provided the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) with answers to questions and comments regarding the attack on Dmitry Chizhevsky, which occurred on November 3rd, 2013. In its response, the Russian Federation requested the ECHR to not trust data on the LGBT discrimination in Russia, as it was provided by third parties (including the Russian LGBT Network), and reports that the preliminary investigation is still pending, while statistics on hate crimes against the LGBT community “will be evidence of violation of discrimination laws for a very obvious and justified reason”.

02.03.2018

For the first time, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities questioned the Russian Federation concerning the situation of LGBT people with disabilities. These queries were prompted by a report on intersectional discrimination and violations of human rights of LGBT people with disabilities prepared and submitted to the Committee by the Russian LGBT Network and the initiative group Queer-Peace.  

31.01.2018

The Russian LGBT Network confirms that Pavel Stotsko and Evgeny Voytsekhovsky had to leave the Russian Federation because of the pressure and unlawful actions of the Russian law enforcement agencies. Pavel and Evgeniy did not expect such an outcome, and it was real threat to their freedom and security that forced them to leave. 

31.01.2018

On March 15, the Russian LGBT Network received unconfirmed evidences suggesting a massive campaign against the LGBT community in Chechnya.  On March 29, we opened the hotline [email protected], which operates around the clock. Due to the enormous support of the organizations and individuals all around the world, we were able to save 106 people from Chechnya and to help 88 of them to leave the country. In 2018, detentions and torture of homosexual people in Chechnya continue.  People in trouble still contacting us, and we are doing our best to help them. Now, we ran out of the funds needed to keep on evacuating. 

26.01.2018

Yesterday in mainstream media reports surfaced that Russia, for the first time, recognised the same-sex marriage between two men - Evgeniy Voitsekhovsky and Pavel Stotsko, who officially married in Copenhagen, where same-sex unions have been legalised. They submitted their registration documents, together with certified translations, to the MFC in Moscow. Their passports were stamped on the marital status page, confirming registration of the marriage. Lawyer Dmitry Bartnenev comments. 

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