Contents tagged with Chechnya

  • Victim mentioned in article on gay persecution in Chechnya speaks openly in Russia

    In Moscow a press conference was held with Maksim Lapunov, the first person to speak openly about the persecution of gays in the Chechen Republic without demanding anonymity, the BBC Russian service reports.

    Lapunov, a native of the Omsk province, said that he lived for two years in Chechnya. He claims that on March 16 he was arrested and held in a basement for 12 days. He has already written to the Russian Investigative Committee demanding a case be filed against the people who oppressed him. …

  • Kadyrov asks Russia to increase subsidies to Chechnya because of high birth rate

    In his Instagram post, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, asked Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak to take into account the high birth rate in the republic when formulating the budget.

    “We also touched upon the issue of high rates of population growth in Chechnya due to the high birth rate. This puts some work before us that requires prompt resolution. It should be taken into account when forming the budget,” he wrote.

    Kadyrov noted that when calculating subsidies when working out the …

  • Head of Chechnya Kadyrov says he is ready to oppose Russia because of Myanmar

    During an Instagram video broadcast, which was later uploaded to YouTube , the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, said he is ready to oppose Russia if the country’s authorities support the current government of Myanmar, which oppresses Muslims.

    “Even if Russia supports those Shaitans who commit crimes, I am against Russia’s position. I have my own vision, my position,” he stressed.

    Kadyrov said that it has been suggested to him many times to send troops to Myanmar, but he cannot …

  • 31 LGBT representatives from Chechnya received asylum in Canada

    The charity organization Rainbow Railroad helped 35 representatives of the LGBT community in Chechnya come to Canada, and 31 of them have received asylum, CBC News reported.

    “We are working on a program with the Canadian government which will make it possible for persecuted LGBT Chechens to enter the country,” Rainbow Railroad executive director Kimahli Powell told CBC News in an interview.

    According to him, the charity organization has already helped 140 members of the LGBT community from …

  • Chechnya draws up list of singers who may be homosexual

    Kavkaz.Realii reports, citing employees of human rights organizations working in the Chechnya, that Chechen security forces have drawn up a list of cultural figures that may be homosexual.

    "Two or three dozen names of cultural figures, mainly singers, are on this list. They became known from people who were kept in secret prisons for gays," said a worker at one of the local NGOs.

    According to an employee of another non-governmental organization, at least three gay detainees were asked about …

  • Media: Chechen gays hunted as terrorism suspects in Chechnya

    Chechen police have announced a search for several homosexuals suspected of involvement in the terrorist group “Islamic State” (ISIS), as reported by a source in one of the advocacy organizations which helps evacuate homosexuals, Kavkaz.Realii writes.

    According to the publication’s correspondent, in this way the Chechen law enforcement agencies are preventing the evacuation of gays from the republic.

    “Literally the other day a young girl was pronounced a terrorist. She ran away from home …

  • Russian media reports mass execution of Chechen residents without trial

    In Chechnya on the night of 26 January 2017 there was supposedly a mass extrajudicial execution of 27 people, reports  Novaya Gazeta with reference to two sources, one in the office of the Russian Investigative Committee for Chechnya, and another in the republic’s administration.

    Novaya Gazeta does not know what the executed people were suspected of or the basis of their arrest.

    According to the publication’s information, all 27 of the victims were arrested in January during the mass arrests …

  • Vladimir Putin accused the US of supporting Chechen militants

    The President of Russia announced that the US "used terrorists to swing the domestic political situation in Russia."

    In his interview with Oliver Stone, published by the Showtime network, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that United States intelligence supported militants in Chechnya to destabilize the situation in Russia.

    "When we started having problems in Chechnya, unfortunately in the Northern Caucasus, the Americans supported these processes," the Russian leader said.

    "We had an …

  • The Head of the Chechen Parliament denied allegations about his involvement in gay abuse

    The speaker of the Parliament of Chechnya called the Human Rights Watch report ‘cheap slander’ and stated he welcomed an investigation. Earlier, the human rights organization accused him of being involved in the prosecution of gays in the republic.

    The Speaker of the Parliament of Chechnya, Magomed Daudov, commented on the report by the human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), on his page on Instagram, accusing him of being involved in the prosecution of gays in Chechnya.

    "Yes, I …

  • Media: One of the victims of the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya was a member of the Russian National Guard

    One of the victims of the mass persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya was a serviceman of National Guard of the Russian Federation (Rosgvardia), as reported by Novaya Gazeta citing unnamed sources.

    "We provided new information to the investigation in order to verify the four victims who were residents of Chechnya. Three of whom, according to our information, were killed in on the suspicion of homosexual orientation (among them - an employee of the National Guard)," the report says.

    According …