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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. 

23.11.2018

"I dedicate this award to my team, the team of the Russian LGBT Network. I admire the courage of these people, of all people who fight for LGBT rights in Russia". On November 22, the Egor Gaidar annual award ceremony took place in Moscow. The award for the Activity Fostering Development of Civil Society was given to the Executive Director of the Programs of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov and the Chairperson of the Committee against Torture Igor Kalyapin. For the first time ever, the award was given to two people.  

16.11.2018

Russian Federal authorities ignored the information on the invocation of the OSCE Moscow mechanism, and lost the opportunity to propose its expert for the international investigation. According to the procedures of the Moscow mechanism, Moscow was supposed to react and subsequently propose its candidate. The coalition of OSCE countries that invoked the Moscow Mechanism has already appointed the expert who will investigate the information on severe human rights violations in Chechnya. 

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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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