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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Putin Officially Bans Same-Sex Marriage In Russia And Stops Transgender People Adopting

Russian president Vladimir Putin has put a ban on same-sex marriage and transgender adoptions, in a huge blow for LGBTQ+ rights. Putin officially changed the country’s constitution on a number of issues…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Russian LGBTQ asylum seekers stranded in Guam

Egor is a gay man who grew up in a village near Russia’s Ural Mountains. Military service in Russia is compulsory, and Egor was studying in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2021

Russia’s Top Documentary Fest Pulls Gay Chechen Film After Threats

Russia’s premier documentary film festival has pulled a movie about a gay MMA fighter from Chechnya from its lineup after receiving threats over it. "Silent Voice" tells the story of Khawaj, a…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2021

Defiant Russian LGBT+ alliance silenced by authorities vows to ‘change this shameful reality’

An LGBT+ social media page followed by tens of thousands of queer Russians and allies blocked by authorities has vowed to continue fighting for equality. The Alliance of Straights and LGBT for…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2021

Chechnya’s Horrific ‘Gay Purge’: A 4-Year Timeline of Abduction, Torture and Murder

April 1, 2021, marks four years since the world at large was first made aware of Chechnya’s gay purge — atrocities committed against LGBTQ people within the Russian republic’s borders, a horrific,…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2021

Chechnya Detains Kidnapped Gay Men’s Relatives – Rights Group

Chechen authorities have detained dozens of relatives of two gay men who were forcibly returned to the southern Russian region to face terrorism charges, a rights group told the independent Dozhd broadcaster…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2021

Russia hatches sinister plan to ban trans, bisexual, abortion and polyamorous ‘propaganda’

With Russia’s population expected to decline by 30 million over the next decade, the question of how to raise the birth rate dominated discussions on Thursday (4 March) at a conference of…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2021

Chechen Court Rules Police Abduction of Two Gay Refugees Is Legal

A court ruled this week that it was legal for Russian police to kidnap two gay men who escaped Chechnya after facing persecution under its anti-LGBTQ+ crackdown. Earlier this month, teen brothers…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2021

Two Gay Chechens: Torture, Escape, and a Forced Return

Chechnya, a majority Muslim republic of southern Russia, has a long a history of LGBTI persecution. Numerous reports have come out of Chechnya in recent years about the torture, disappearance, and death of…

ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

Welcome back to Chechnya: How Ramzan Kadyrov’s men tracked down and imprisoned LGBT evacuees

For 48 hours, a panicked phone call and ransacked apartment were the only clues; a sign that something was desperately wrong. David Isteyev, the Russian LGBT Network activist who took the emergency…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2021

Queer online series meets eager Russian LGBTQ audience

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian film director Andrei Fenochka says his online series about queer young people is important for LGBTQ people in a country that bans gay “propaganda” among minors. Fenochka’s “Here…

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