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Chechen leader behind gay torture & execution campaign killed in Ukraine.

02/28/2022 | LGBTQ Nation

One of the leaders responsible for the horrific anti-LGBTQ “purge” that has taken place in Chechnya was killed in Ukraine on Saturday. Magomed Tushayev was a top advisor to the Chechen head of state, Ramzan Kadyrov, who has overseen a horrific “purge” of LGBTQ people. Gay men and transgender people have been tortured and murdered at the hands of authorities. Tushayev was directly involved in this campaign to eliminate LGBTQ people, according to the Los Angeles Blade. His last known involvement took place in May 2021, when Chechen operatives abducted gay human rights activist Ibragim Selimkhanov from a train station in Moscow and forcibly brought him to Chechnya to question him about journalists and other activists who were helping LGBTQ people. Selimkhanov ultimately escaped and made it back to Moscow. Tushayev’s role in the abduction is unknown, but human rights organizations have confirmed his involvement. Reports of the Chechen anti-LGBTQ crackdown first came from the independent Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta in December 2016.

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