The Russian LGBT Network is saving the lives of gay/bi Chechens, and those perceived to be gay. In an audio interview with NPR, the network’s communications director talked about the dozens of men they have helped evacuate from Chechnya over the past month or so, as well as the Russian government’s response. PinkNews provided a summary:
The Russian LGBT Network has helped evacuate 40 gay men from Chechnya, where at least four people have been killed in a “gay purge”.
Reports last month alleged that more than 100 gay men have been detained in the purge in Chechnya with many feared dead.
Gay men are reportedly being beaten, tortured with electricity, and living with no water or food.
You can read PinkNews’ complete interview summary at Dozens of gay men saved from purge in Chechnya by daring Russian group · PinkNews. The audio interview with the Russian LGBT Network’s communications coordinator is on NPR.
No transcript of the NPR interview is available as of this writing. In addition to the points highlighted in the PinkNews article, the communications coordinator talked about the Russian government’s inaction. She said that international pressure has led to some minimal response, and that more pressure could help. She also stated that most of the Chechens they’ve helped so far are now in Russia. But many need asylum in other countries because family members are trying to hunt them down and kill them.
Learn how to make a donation to the Russian LGBT Network and get involved at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
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