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12.11.2018

On November 1, 16 countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has united to invoke the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism of the human dimension to trigger an international investigation of state-orchestrated crime against humanity in the Chechen Republic. What does it mean and why this is so important: seven main questions and answers. 

02.11.2018

On November 1, 2018, sixteen members-states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation invoked the Moscow Mechanism of Human Dimension to investigate the reports of severe human rights violations in the Chechen Republic, including the reports on mass state-orchestrated campaigns against LGBT. Within the framework of the Moscow Mechanism, a mission of appointed experts will carry out an independent inquiry, regardless of the willingness of the Russian Federation to cooperate with the mission.

26.10.2018

Today the Biysk city court of Altai Krai has redressed the appeal, that Maxim Neverov – a schoolboy from Biysk, and his attorney, Artem Lapov, filed against the decision issued by the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights, under which Maxim was found guilty and fined 50,000 rubles for spreading “propaganda”. Russian LGBT Network represented Maxim in the court.

15.10.2018

WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film revealing the harsh reality of LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. The contents of the film were inspired by testimonials of the arrests, torture, and blackmail that gay Chechens were subjected to throughout 2017. Through the accounts of 33 brave individuals who shared their stories, the film explores the themes of paranoia, trauma, and hope.

 

 

25.09.2018

The Russian LGBT Network continues its work to provide emergency support for people who suffered as a result of mass anti-LGBT campaign organized by the Chechen authorities. Since April 2017, the Network evacuated 130 people from the region (100 men and 30 women), 112 people have already left Russia. Since April 2017, there were seven attempts to kidnap people already evacuated from the region. 

13.09.2018

On September 12, the representative of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov made a statement at the annual OSCE Conference in Warsaw. The statement was devoted to the illegal detentions, tortures and extrajudicial killings in Chechnya based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The official representatives of the Russian Federation also delivered a statement, but did not even mention the situation in Chechnya.

08.08.2018

Yesterday, on August 7, a teenager from Biysk (Altai Krai) Maxim Neverov was found guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” and fined 50 000 rubles for publishing pictures in the social network “VKontakte”. The Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights considered the case, the Russian LGBT Network provided a lawyer for Maxim Neverov. It is highly possible that special attention of the law enforcement agencies was caused by the performance “Gays or Putin” that attracted a lot of public attention this May. 

31.07.2018

The European Court of Human Rights has sent case materials to the lawyer of LGBT activist Dmitry Chizhevsky to assist his case, one that has proven difficult for a number of years because Russian law enforcement agencies did not give her access to the relevant materials. According to these materials, it turns out that the investigation considered a case where, in fact, it was the LGBT activists themselves who shot Chizhevsky in the eye, in order to attract media attention, despite the fact that the notorious Timur Isaac confessed during the interrogation that he possessed photos on his tablet of the activist, and he himself owns an air gun.

25.07.2018

On 24th July, Russian LGBT Network submitted its alternate report to the UN Committee Against Torture. The report is devoted to detailing the mass persecution of LGBT people in the Chechen Republic, information about which surfaced in the spring of last year. Despite the fact that this campaign, organised by the authorities, affected hundreds of people, the Russian Federation still denies not only the persecution, but also the very existence of LGBT people in Chechnya.

16.07.2018

On July 13, in St. Petersburg there was an attempt to kidnap a native of Chechnya Zelimkhan Akhmadov. According to the information received, his father can be involved as well as unknown people who spoke Chechen language among themselves. At least one of the perpetrators possessed an ID of the law enforcement officer. 

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