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.