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Chechnya – the crisis is far from over

The anti-lesbian, gay, bi and trans crackdown in Chechnya is far from over. 

Sources on the ground are telling us that the arrests, illegal detentions and torture of LGBT people continues, and in some cases, has extended to neighbouring regions.   

Fearful for their lives, LGBT people continue to flee Chechnya, with the assistance of the Russian LGBT Network who has been running an evacuation program since the crisis began.

In July, the network released a shocking report, exposing the scale of the violations being committed against LGBT people in Chechnya.

Fearful for their lives, LGBT people continue to flee Chechnya.

And despite continued pressure from the international community and numerous reports submitted by local groups, no progress with the investigation into the atrocities – announced six months ago – has been made.

Last month, survivor Maxim Lapunov became the first person to speak publicly about his ordeal without hiding his identity.

Lapunov described being held in a basement for 12 days in March and beaten and humiliated by Chechen security forces, who demanded to know whether he was gay and for him to disclose the names of his sexual partners.

Since publicly recounting his ordeal, Lapunov has received numerous threats.

We have not forgotten the LGBT community in Chechnya. We know our supporters haven’t either.

Chechnya may no longer be dominating news headlines, but Stonewall will not let this rest. We will continue to stand with the LGBT community in Chechnya and demand that the Russian authorities put an end to the violence and bring those responsible to justice.

We also call on the UK government to continue to raise this ongoing emergency with the Russian authorities.

We have not forgotten the LGBT community in Chechnya. We know our supporters haven’t either.

Here’s how you can support LGBT people in Chechnya:

  • Donate here to support the Russian LGBT Network continue their lifesaving work

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Photo: Chidi Nobi