We have been following the terrible events in Chechnya from the very beginning, liaising with our partners in Russia and internationally.
We’ve been talking to the UK government, asking them to use their influence on Russian authorities to intervene, and joining forces with Amnesty International and others to put the spotlight on the detentions, torture and killings of gay and bi men in Chechnya.
The things that are happening right now in Chechnya are terrifying.
Over the last few days we have seen the international community rally and an outpouring of support from many members of the British public.
Thank you for your support. We know how important this is for the LGBT community in Russia.
Svetlana Zakharova from the Russian LGBT network told us:
‘The things that are happening right now in Chechnya are terrifying. And the silence of officials is even more threatening.
'People are being kidnapped, tortured and killed, and the law enforcement agencies simply do not do anything about it.
We ask everyone to support us and help us to spread the word.
'Even though information about these terrible events has been in the public domain for over a week, no investigation has so far taken place. We ask everyone to support us and help us to spread the word.
'We want the Russian authorities to stop the torture and killings and to start urgently investigating these terrible crimes.’
And please stay with us beyond today.
We need to be there and stand in solidarity with our Russian partners for as long as it takes for every gay and bi man to be released from detention in Chechnya and to be safe.