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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. 

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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.

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. 

18.01.2018

On Tuesday, January 16, 2017, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov, during the course of his council with the representatives of the Ministry of Domestic Affairs and the representatives of the Administration of the Federal Service of the Troops of the National Guard, made an official statement. He raised questions about the disappearance of Zelimkhan Bakaev, about the work of Human Rights Defenders in the republic, and about the arrest of Oiub Tetiev. During his speech, Kadyrov claimed that it is likely that Bakaev's relatives forced him to return home and "figured it out" themselves. He also said that Bakaev's relatives are now trying to shift responsibility to Kadyrov himself. The Head of the Chechen Republic claimed that he has nothing to do with Zelimkhan's disappearance. 

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