Igor Kochetkov filed a complaint regarding the new wave of LGBT persecution in Chechnya to the Investigative Committee

Executive Director of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov filed a complaint regarding the new wave of LGBT persecution in Chechnya to the Investigative Committee of Russia. In his complaint, Kochetkov asked to investigate information about illegal detention of at least 14 people, tortures and a murder. 

As Kochetkov pointed out in his complaint, the Russian LGBT Network received numerous reports about lengthy illegal detentions and tortures in Chechnya. Among those reports, there are accounts on the detentions of 14 people in Grozny. All these people were detained in the Chechen Republic on suspicion of homosexuality between December 6, 2018 and January 22, 2019.

According to the information obtained by the Network, all 14 people were detained in Grozny, at the police office №2 (364016, Grozny, Zavodskoy district, Popovich Street) and at the Grozny local Ministry of Interior building (364024, Grozny, Bashaeva Street). “The detained were severely beaten, sexually abused, were tortured with the electric current. They were also forced to sign empty forms”.

The sources of the Russian LGBT Network says that the name of one of the detained is Bekhan Yusupov. Other victims fear for their life, health and personal immunity, and do not report their personal data.

Igor Kochetkov also submitted to the Investigative Committee personal data of one Russian citizen who was reported to be killed by the police officers between January 1 and January 20.

Since the end of December 2018, 23 people contacted the Russian LGBT Network and reported about the facts of LGBT detentions, tortures and murders in Chechnya. Their reports confirms the new wave of persecution in the Chechen Republic.

The Russian LGBT Network works to support victims of LGBT persecution in Chechnya since April 2017. Since that time, the Network evacuated around 150 people out of region, around 130 people found sanctuary out of Russia.

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