May 17 marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT). On the 17th of May 2017, the Report on the activities of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation for 2016 was published. The second event highlights the crucial importance of the first one.


The Russian LGBT Network continues its efforts to evacuate homosexuals from Chechnya. As of today, 80 people requested assistance. 42 people were evacuated from the region. The Russian LGBT Network not only assists people in leaving the Republic, but also provides them with temporary housing, and offers psychological, medical, and legal help. We also use our best efforts to relocate the victims abroad.  For many of them to stay in the country means to put their lives at great risk. While the team of the Russian LGBT Network continues to evacuate people from the Chechen Republic, our work would be impossible without the support of an immense number of Russian and international organizations.


According to some reports, the detentions of people in Chechnya have currently stopped, and some people who were detained during the so-called “second wave” are released. At the same time, we receive alarming reports that representatives of the local law enforcement agencies contact relatives of the victims. The law enforcement officers began to pressure the relatives to sign the “no complaints” statements, saying they don’t have any complaints regarding the detentions of their homosexual family members.


On April 24, the Regional Court of Moscow upheld the termination of parental rights of a transgender woman Pasha Kaptanovskaya. The judge upheld the previous decision, confirming the termination of her parental rights and restricting her interactions with her son up until he reaches 18 years old.


The Russian LGBT Network continues to work on the evacuation of those persecuted by the authorities in Chechnya because of their real or assumed homosexuality. To date around 60 people have contacted the Russian LGBT Network. Some of these people are still in the area and are in need of urgent evacuation, while others have managed to relocate themselves but nevertheless need further assistance. More than 30 people have already been provided with support. 


“There was an insult to the centuries-old foundations of Chechen society, and to the dignity of Chechen men, as well as to our faith. Thus we promise that retribution will overtake the true instigators, wherever and by whomever they are, without a statute of limitations.”


The Russian LGBT Networks continues its effort to evacuate people, who are being persecuted, tortured, illegally prosecuted, and murdered based on their (assumed) homosexuality. We have all the evidence to believe that these horrid activities are still in place in the Chechen Republic.


From the messages that were received through the hotline of the Russian LGBT Network ([email protected]) organized to provide help to LGBT people in Chechnya. The messages were received on March 29 – April 2. All the stories are published with the consent of the informants. 


The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal. 


On March 16, the administrators of the LGBT community page “SQueer. We refuse to be invisible” in the social network “VKontakte” sent a complaint to the human rights ombudsperson Tatiana Moskal’kova. In their complaint Maxim Talyaiev and Andrey Nasonov say that the group was created with a view to “establish a stable society based on respect for human rights and tolerance to each other” and that it didn’t contain any forbidden information. The complainants also say that the public was denied access to the group’s internet page on the grounds of a subjective opinion of the prosecutor the city of Bryansk, who took legal action taking the case to court and there were no expert inquiry or opinion provided in the case.