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24.05.2019

On May 17, seven unknown people broke into the apartment of the Hotline volunteer of the Russian LGBT Network. They searched an apartment, and made threats to bodily harm and to kill the volunteer. According to the perpetrators, they looked for the Emergency program coordinator David Isteev and a Chechen woman who left home. Isteev and the volunteer reported to the police. 

08.04.2019

On April 1, 2017, Novaya Gazeta published the first material about the abduction, torture and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya. Thanks to the work of the Russian LGBT Network, the international community has recognized the mass persecution of LGBT people organized by the Chechen authorities. Russia continues to deny both the existence and mass persecution of homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in the Chechen Republic. The most significant dates concerning the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya are listed below.

02.04.2019

Two years ago, in April 2017, information about mass kidnappings, tortures and killings of LGBT people in Chechnya appeared in the mass media for the first time. Since that time, the Russian LGBT Network and its partners made every effort to attract public attention to this problem and to stop violence. However, despite all the efforts, persecution of LGBT in Chechnya continues. The Russian Federation keeps denying both the fact of persecution and mere existence of LGBT in Chechnya. 

29.03.2019

On March 28, the law enforcement officers broke into LGBT organization “Rakurs” community center in Archangelsk. It turned out that it was a “verification” of the complaint submitted by unknown person. The law enforcement officers were checking community center guests’ documents and were withdrawing brochures and other materials. The lawyer Alexey Kuroptev prepares the complaint to the court. 

27.02.2019

On January 29, 2019, Igor Kochetkov filed a report to the Investigative Committee on the renewal of mass illegal detentions and sophisticated tortures organized by police within the state-sponsored campaign against people who are, or percieved to be LGBTI. Recently he received a reply from the Central Investigation Department of the North Caucasus District, notifiyng that the case was delivered to the Head of the Investigation Department in Chechnya for cosideration. Technically this means that the perpetrators should now investigate again whether or not they were participating in persecution.

15.02.2019

On February 13, the statement of the UN experts regarding renewed persecution of LGBT in Chechnya was published. The experts urged the Russian authorities to protect the rights of people who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay or bisexual in Chechnya, and investigate allegations of human rights abuses including two reported deaths. 

29.01.2019

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.  

21.01.2019

The Russian LGBT Network activated evacuation of the survivors of a new wave of LGBT persecution in Chechnya. The victims of the new wave confirm the wide-scale character of persecution. They also witness that persecution started already in the beginning of December 2018, and that people are detained in the police offices of not only Argun, but also Grozny. 

14.01.2019

Since the end of December 2018, there is a new wave of persecution against LGBT in Chechnya based on the alleged sexual orientation of victims, both men and women. Information received by the Russian LGBT Network suggests that around 40 people were detained; at least two people were killed.

 

27.11.2018

Stavropol’s regional court declined to outlaw refusal to initiate criminal proceedings on the complaint of Maxim Lapunov, the only person who suffered within the mass campaign against LGBT in Chechnya and dared to speak publicly about his experience. As the court ignored the numerous falsifications at the stage of pretrial investigation, the Russian LGBT Network and the Committee against torture plan to apply to the ECHR. 

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