Court accepted complaint on Investigative Commitee failure to check into gays prosecution in Chechnya
The filing of a complaint on considering the absence of the ICR chairman's reaction to the information on the repression of gays in Chechnya unfounded was previously mentioned by Chief Editor of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov. Now this information has been confirmed in court.
Press Secretary of the Basmanny Court of Moscow Yunona Tsareva reported to RIA Novosti about registering a complaint of the representative of Novaya Gazeta ANO on the recognition of ICR Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin's inaction unreasonable and illegal.
It is reported that in the complaint, the publications's representative asks the court to oblige the Investigative Committee to conduct a check into the facts set forth in the publications on the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya.
As Tsareva explained, according to the author of the complaint, the inaction was expressed in the absence of reaction and verification of information about the arrests and killings of gays in the Chechen Republic, published by Novaya Gazeta on April 1, which triggered an international media campaign to protect the rights of representatives of sexual minorities in Chechnya.
Novaya Gazeta's scandalous publication provoked some strong reactions from Chechen politicians Alvi Karimov, Kheda Saratova, and Nurdi Nukhazhiev. In general, their reaction was reduced to the idea that “there are no gays in the republic, and even if there had been, their own relatives would have gotten rid of them,” which only increased the public outrage. April 19, Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov personally denied to Vladimir Putin the information on the persecution of gays in the republic, calling the publication a provocation, and later told the RBC TV Channel about its biased nature.
Commenting on the situation, Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that there is no reason not to trust the information provided by the head of Chechnya in the course of communication with the President of the Russian Federation. In response, citing individual points from Kadyrov's report as an example, Novaya Gazeta accused the former of telling a lie to the president.
Meanwhile, Novaya Gazeta wrote about filing a complaint to court about the ICR's inactivity in mid-April. However, last week, the publication reported that thanks to the pressure of the media and the international community, a pre-investigation check into the published information had begun. According to the news agency, it had been entrusted to Investigator for particularly important cases of the ICR Investigations Directorate Igor Sobol. Moreover, Novaya Gazeta noted that personal data of 26 illegally detained Chechen residents suspected by Chechen security officials of a non-traditional sexual orientation, as well as information about 6 secret prisons, in which they were held, has been transferred to the ICR.
Investigative Committee General Nikandrov, accused of taking a particularly large bribe, married in jail
The Deputy Head of the Main Investigative Directorate (MID) of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for Moscow, Denis Nikandrov, stated in court that he had married in 2017, although he has been in the pretrial detention center for over a year on suspicion of bribe-taking.
Maxim Lapunov - the first victim in the case on the persecution of gays in Chechnya who revealed his name and surname - opened up at a Moscow press conference on torture and unlawful detentions of people of nonstandard sexual orientation in the republic.