Around 10,000 Chechens annually seek asylum from Western countries
The statistics were released by human rights activists.
Every year, about 10,000 Chechens apply for political asylum in Europe. Such figures are given in the report of the Civic Assistance Committee, which Head of the organization, Svetlana Gannushkina, presented at a press conference in Moscow, Kommersant reports.
Citing the statistics, Gannushkina noted that EU countries often refuse to grant asylum to Russians because they rely on the Russian media, which “convey a picture of well-being in the country.” Therefore, according to her, people in the West “are not aware what's really going on here.”
The authors of the report recalled Elena Milashina's materials about “gay hunting” in Chechnya in 2016-2017.
At the same time, it is stressed that despite the publications of independent media and human rights organizations indicating these victims, none of these facts were the subject of criminal proceedings, although in 2018, the OSCE acknowledged the facts of human rights violations based on these facts.
According to rights defenders, the position of women in Chechnya is a separate subject. They are ill-treated and abused; but according to the report, they suffer the most from the tradition of taking children away from their mothers in case of divorce.
“Women who are in constant fear of deportation in European Union countries, where they have applied for asylum, often seek help from human rights organizations. Our experience also shows that children whom their father takes to his new family do not always live well,” the report says.
Thus, the human rights defenders mentioned how they helped a woman whose father-in-law was beating her four-year-old son. As a result, the boy had a psychological trauma; however, the organization subsequently managed to obtain political asylum for the woman in the EU.
In addition, rights defenders raised the topic of mass criminal frame-ups.
“As a rule, people who affected the interests of the ruling group at different levels were often the victims of framing-up... This method is also used for political purposes and propaganda, settlement of old scores, and for the implementation of the crime prevention plan,” the report says.
In addition, the report states that after Crimea joined Russia, “a campaign to expose the members of banned organizations, in particular Hizb ut-Tahrir, broke out with renewed vigour.”