Toronto charity helping persecuted LGBTQ community in Chechnya |

According to Rainbow Railroad, there are 73 countries with anti-gay laws on the books. The Canadian charity is helping those who are being persecuted in Chechnya. “At the moment, people are fleeing Chechnya to a safer place but not an ideal place,” Kimahli Powell, executive director of Rainbow Railroad told Global News. … Read more

Igor Kochetkov of Russian LGBT Network: “We Must Rescue All Those We Can Rescue and Help Them Leave Russia” | Legal Dialogue

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Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, talked with the Russian civil society website Legal Dialogue about the persecution of gay Chechens in an interview published yesterday. “We are currently in touch with some 75 people who have contacted us over the past three weeks,” he told the publication. “We are providing our help and assistance to 30 of them. This means that one way or another these people have already left the territory of the Chechen Republic. Around 15 people, who sought us out earlier, have already left Russia.” He described the situation as a “crime against humanity.” … Read more

Toronto’s Rainbow Railroad Responds to Reports of a Gay Concentration Camp in Chechnya |

Column by Kimahli Powell, executive director of Rainbow Railroad, explaining his group’s work with Chechens and other vulnerable LGBT folks around the globe. Rainbow Railroad will be partnering with the Russian LGBT Network to help people in Chechnya find safety. They will work together to identify people who need assistance, provide them with emotional and financial support, and ultimately provide the travel to a country where individuals can claim asylum. … Read more

News Update: LGBT homicide in Chechnya, April 14 | Российская ЛГБТ-сеть

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An April 14 press release from the Russian LGBT Network explains that it continues its effort to evacuate Chechens who are being persecuted, tortured, illegally prosecuted, and murdered based on their (assumed) homosexuality. Since March 29th, it has received around 50 calls from people who are still in the Norther Caucasus and in need of urgent evacuation, as well as from people, who managed to relocate themselves, yet still need assistance. The Russian LGBT Network also provides psychological help, financial and medical assistance, and other things displaced people from Chechnya might need, and it is helping the victims to relocate abroad. … Read more