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31.07.2017

“They said that I'm not a human, that I am nothing. That I should rather be a terrorist, than a fagot” - the Russian LGBT Network quotes one of the victims as it releases its first report on the anti-LGBT purges in the North Caucasus. The report is based on testimonies of 33 people from Chechnya who were persecuted, illegally detained, and tortured. In this report, the Russian LGBT Network reveals the factual timeline of this crime against humanity and disentangles the details of the LGBT persecution in Chechnya. Based on testimonial evidence, the report underscores the brutality of the tortures and the Chechen authorities’ involvement in criminal activities against LGBT people.

14.07.2017

In May 2017, Edward Zavialov was denied a position of a sales assistant in Omsk-based LLC “Hardcore”. “Hardcore” issued an official document regarding this denial. The document states the following: “Your behavior (feminine tone of voice and gestures) and your appearance (excessive grooming and defiant clothing) suggest that you belong to the LGBT community. With your appearance, you promote non-traditional sexual relations.”

13.07.2017

Over the last couple of months, the Russian LGBT Network has been using its best efforts to evacuate and support people who are persecuted in the Chechen Republic based on their sexuality. The Network also tries to make sure that the federal authorities initiate a transparent and effective investigation of persecution, unlawful detainments, tortures, and murders of homosexual people in Chechnya. Since the beginning of April, more than 120 people applied for emergency assistance through the hotline ([email protected]). More than 60 people were evacuated from the region; 27 found sanctuary outside of Russia.

11.07.2017

Over the last couple of months, the Russian LGBT Network has been doing everything to rescue people who are persecuted in the Chechen Republic because of their (alleged) homosexuality. The Network has been using its best efforts to force the Russian authorities to conduct an effective investigation. Since the beginning of April, more than 120 people applied for emergency assistance through the hotline [email protected]. More than 60 people were evacuated from the region; 27 found sanctuary outside of Russia.

26.06.2017

The Russian LGBT-Network expresses its concerns regarding the false investigation and continues to call the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation to urgently initiate a criminal case. In case the Investigative Committee continues to disregard this issue, the Russian LGBT Network will insist on carrying out an investigation with the involvement of international courts.

20.06.2017

Today, on the 20th of June, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the so-called anti-gay propaganda law is discriminatory. Igor Kochetkov, the member of the Council of the Russian LGBT Network, gives a brief commentary on what does this decision mean for Russian society.

15.06.2017

Now we continue our efforts with the evacuation, which began in early April. Right now, we provide assistance to 50 people. Among those 50 men, there are men who were thrown into prison and tortured there, as well as those for whom the Chechen security searched for. There are also several family members of these men, whom we are helping as well because the overall situation is dangerous for them. As of today, we received calls for assistance from 100 people and we can not predict how much more will be there.

06.06.2017

At the beginning of June, sections of Amnesty International held protests outside Russian Embassies around the world. They called for an immediate end to the harassment, illegal detention, and murders of LGBT citizens in the Chechen Republic. Together with LGBT activists, Amnesty International demanded from the Russian and the Chechen authorities to conduct a transparent and fair investigation of this crime against humanity.

29.05.2017

On the 27th of May, Viktor Babkin held a single picket in Omsk. He rallied in the city-center with a poster, saying “Homosexuality is not Immoral, Homophobia is Immoral”. The day Babkin chose was not coincidental. On the 27th of May in 1993 Russian authorities decriminalized homosexuality. In the Soviet Penal Code voluntarily engagement in same-sex relations was prosecuted under the article number 121. With his protest, Babkin aimed to attract attention to the problematic position of the LGBT citizens in Russia and to show his solidarity with the LGBT community.

25.05.2017

Today, on May 25, 2017, a man came to the office of the Russian LGBT network, who called himself the representative of the Investigation Committee. The man did not introduce himself. According to the guard of the building, the representative of the IC said that he was looking for a specific person, but did not specify who exactly he was interested in.

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