What requests? Human Rights Ombudswoman says she did not receive a single appeal from Chechen gays
The Ombudswoman has not yet made a decision to conduct an investigation directly in Chechnya.
Tatyana Moskalkova, the Russian Human Rights Ombudswoman, stated that she did not receive a single request from Chechen gays or their relatives. This was reported by Kommersant with reference to Interfax.
"Despite my official assurances that I am, as a human rights ombudsman in the Russian Federation, ready to provide state protection or patronize law enforcement agencies, no one of the gays or his relative has yet applied to me with a corresponding statement," Moskalkova told Interfax.
In addition, the Ombudswoman said that she was not ready to go to the Chechen Republic for an independent investigation. Earlier, she had applied with a corresponding request to Head of the ICR Alexander Bastrykin. Her possible trip to Chechnya depends on what response she will receive to this request.
On May 18, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov said that their organization constantly receives request from Chechen gays: the number of such appeals has already reached 80. According to Kochetkov, the LGBT Network has already taken out 40 people from Chechnya, nine of whom left Russia. On May 17, two refugees were granted asylum in Lithuania.
On April 1, Novaya Gazeta published material on the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya. According to the publication, more than 100 men suspected of homosexual orientation have been detained; three of them were killed. Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that such persecution was impossible in connection with the absence of homosexuals in the Republic.
Zaur Dadaev, who is imprisoned for the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov, may soon be put in stricter conditions of detention. Being sent for any, sometimes contrived violations of the regime in a punitive confinement (SHIZO), Dadaev is being forced to pass a check on the lie detector and give evidence on the Nemtsov case.
The video showing prisoner being tortured by officers of the Yaroslavl correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1), which was published on July 20, caused a public outcry and the initiation of a criminal case by the Investigative Committee. However, a year ago, an ICR officer found no exceeding of official powers in the video, thus justifying the torture.
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
However, the thief, who is currently dividing the spheres of influence in Ukraine’s Odessa region with Antimoz Kukhilava through his representatives, has been sentenced in absentia. Mindiya Goradze is not in Georgia at the moment.