Contents tagged with Chechnya
The possible decision of the International Criminal Court or ICC on the lawsuit brought by LGBT associations against the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov will not have legal consequences for Russia. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Alexander Konovalov, Interfax reports.
"What the court will decide is difficult for me to foresee but it should not have legal consequences for Russia," he said at a briefing in St. Petersburg.
Earlier, three French …
Two gays have moved from Chechnya to Lithuania after being persecuted for their sexual orientation.
This was announced by Linas Linkevičius, head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, as reported by the BNS news outlet.
He did not provide details, noting only that Lithuania is one of the first EU states to receive gays who have been subject to persecution in Chechnya. He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “coordinating actions with allies in the west”.
“We are gradually raising …
Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkova that he will "talk" with the Prosecutor General and the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs about verifying the reports on the persecution of gays in Chechnya, as reported by Meduza web site
"Of course, I will talk with the Prosecutor General and the Minister of the Interior, so that they will provide you with assistance regarding the issue that you have raised, regarding known …
Germany and four other EU countries called on Moscow to protect the LGBT community in Chechnya. In a letter addressed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his colleagues from France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden expressed deep concern over the reports of international organizations about the situation in the Caucasian republic, AFP agency reported on Wednesday.
"We urge the Russian government to investigate horrendous accusations …
German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, May 2. As planned earlier, the meeting in Sochi took place before the G20 summit on May 7-8.
During the press conference at the conclusion of the meeting, the politicians spoke about matters pertaining to bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism, as well as the situation in Syria and in Eastern Ukraine.
Angela Merkel said that there is no need to make a new agreement regarding a peaceful …
The United Nations has requested a full investigation surrounding the LGBT community in Chechnya, as stated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein, at a briefing in Geneva. According to him, the UN continues to monitor this situation.
In April, Novaya Gazeta published material detailing a campaign in Chechnya, during which hundreds of homosexual men were abducted. Journalists claimed that the victims were tortured and forced to disclose information about other gays whom …
A new battalion of military police from Chechnya has been sent to Syria to replace Chechen servicemen who have returned from the Middle East. This was stated by Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, in an interview on the RT television channel.
According to him, servicemen who already have experience in counter-terrorist activities are sent to Syria. The Chechen soldiers will be sent to Syria on a rotational basis. “The battalions will replace each other every two to three months,” he …
At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov denied Russian media reports about the detention and killing of residents of the Republic suspected of homosexuality.
"I want to report to you that those provocative articles regarding the Chechen Republic, about the events that we are having; allegedly there are detentions, gentlemen – ‘good people’ write that we have detentions in the republic. Even talking about it is uncomfortable. Allegedly, …
The embassies of three European states have decided to expedite the issuance of visas to the residents of Chechnya that the Republic's authorities are persecuting because of their homosexuality, as reported by Meduza news outlet citing the head of the council of the "Russian LGBT Network", Tatiana Vinnichenko. She did not specify which countries are involved, fearing that representatives from Chechen diasporas could threaten the asylum seekers.
In addition, Vinnichenko said that two meetings …
In Chechnya, the "secret prison" in which men suspected of homosexuality were held is located not only in the town of Argun, but also in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt , reported Radio Liberty citing Chechens who left the republic.
According to sources, detainments were handled by the district police departments so that homosexuals were imprisoned in the same way as other offenders. Also, sources report that raids on gays began not in February but in December 2016.
Law enforcement agencies of …