The BBC reports good news for some of the 43 men who have escaped Chechnya, where lives are in danger from an anti-gay campaign conducted by the Chechen authorities. Nine men being assisted by the Russian LGBT Network have been granted visas to countries offering refuge outside the Russian Federation.
Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help.
Activists are in talks with five countries, two of them non-EU, the Russian LGBT Network told the BBC.
Nine men have already been granted visas. Two of them went to Lithuania, which has announced its involvement.
“It’s very important to act, because they are suffering,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the BBC.
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