Gay men evacuation from Chechnya underway

Gay men evacuation from Chechnya underway

Russian LGBT Network reports the news.

The Russian LGBT Network announced that the victims of the December prosecution of people suspected of homosexuality in Chechnya are being evacuated, reported the website of the organization. The human rights activists found that the repressions had begun in early December 2018, i.e. not at the end of the month, as previously thought. Those detained on suspicion of homosexuality are held at the Argun and Grozny police stations.

 “Earlier, our sources reported that a new wave of arrests began in late December 2018. Now we know that people were detained as far back as at the beginning of the month. In addition, it turned out that Chechnya has several spots where people suspected of homosexuality are held illegally. One of them is the Zavodsky district police department of Grozny. This again indicates that detentions, abductions and torture are carried out by law enforcement officers of Chechnya,” said Igor Kochetkov, executive director of the Russian LGBT Network programs.

The victims confirm the reports that torture at police stations has become more brutal and sophisticated. The detainees are raped with electroshock batons, men are shaved, dressed in women's clothes and forced to call each other by female names. Not only men, but also women are subjected to torture, said one of the victims, who was lucky enough to leave Chechnya.

Novaya Gazeta first exposed the mass detentions of homosexual men in Chechnya in the spring of 2017. The publication told about a "secret prison" for gay men in Argun. Radio Svoboda reported that another prison was in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt. Overall, there are six prisons for homosexuals in Chechnya, according to Novaya Gazeta.

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