On January 29, 2020, following the proposal of Tony Kox (Netherlands, UEL), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE COE) passed the resolution returning full participation authority to the Russian delegation with 96 members voting in favor of the renewal of the mandate. The Parliamentary officials voted down the amendment pointing the unwillingness of the Russian authorities to investigate crimes committed against LGBT people in Russia, including crimes committed in the Chechen Republic.


Aminat Lorsanova who was beaten and tortured at the Clinic for Conterminal Psychiatric Conditions in Grozny applied to the Investigative Committee. In her complaint, she points out that her sexual orientation and rejection of Islam became the reasons of tortures, and asks to initiate criminal proceedings against her parents, a person who tried to “expel evil spirits” and the personnel of the clinic. 


On 14 November, the ECHR communicated the case of Maxim Lapunov, a victim in the mass persecution, organised by the Chechen authorities. The complaint was filed on 24 May 2019, regarding violations of four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: article 3 (right to liberty and security of person), article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).



Few days ago, the team of the Russian LGBT Network was named as 2017’s Hero of the Year by All Out, one of biggest organizations promoting and supporting human rights of LGBT people all over the world. The team of the Network was chosen as a result of the open competition, thousands of All Out members voted. The Russian LGBT Network was named the Hero of the Year for the evacuating those at risk of violence and persecution in Chechnya because of the mass campaign organized by the local authorities.


Recently various media outlets published information on LGBT people who fled persecution in the Chechen Republic and found sanctuary in Canada. The Russian LGBT Network has warned its counterparts that revealing detailed information on the exact location of the victims might be harmful. Yet this information became available through multiple sources. The information, presented in the recent media coverage of the Chechnya crisis, was not approved by all the parties involved in the relocation of the victims.


"At the end of the first day participants gathered around the campfire with a guitar. Around 11 pm there was an armed attack on the camp. From 5 to 8 people, armed with sticks, started hitting the windows of the participants’ cars left near the tents. Several people were subjected to physical violence and got serious injuries. All these actions were accompanied by homophobic insults".