On July 11, 2017 Q News reported: Activists have reported that the arrests and detention of gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya are continuing, as a Russian newspaper reveals the extent of the region’s alleged extrajudicial killings.
The Russian LGBT Network, an activist group helping get Chechen men to safety, has said that the arrests of the gay men in the region did stop after international outcry but began again in late June.
“For a while, it seemed as though new arrests of gay men had stopped, but … the Russian LGBT Network has learned from survivors contacting their hotline for help that arrests have just resumed,” the Russian LGBT Network and All Out said in a joint statement.
“We know that both the victims and their relatives have experienced threats. The authorities are threatening to press criminal charges against them based on false accusations.“
The Russian LGBT Network will use its best efforts to make sure that the crime against humanity that has been happening in Chechnya will be investigated, and those responsible will be held accountable.
”Novaya Gazeta, the independent Russian-language publication which was the first to report the alleged campaign of persecution in April, has also published the names of 27 men who the paper claims have been executed by Chechen authorities.
Citing two anonymous sources, the paper alleges the men were shot in an illegal mass execution by Chechen security officials in the city of Grozny on January 25, after several weeks of detention. It’s unclear if the men named by the publication are linked to the anti-gay campaign.