ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

LGBT, Terrified for Their Lives in Russia, and Desperate for Asylum

06/01/2018 | Daily Beast

The Russian-based organization Stimul offers safe places to live and asylum advocacy for LGBT people fleeing life-threatening situations in homophobic Central Asian countries. When he was 15, his family found out that Ibrahim (not his real name) was gay. In a written testimony, the now 20-year-old Chechen recalled to The Daily Beast that from that moment on, local mullahs and “old wives” (faith healers and local women reputed to be witches) “tried to ‘treat’ me for my homosexuality.” He recalled these “treatments” in graphic detail. “Their abhorrent actions—bloodletting (when the skin is broken off with the help of a medical jar], herbs (after which I had hallucinations, nausea, stomach pains), strong pressure on the painful points of the body, and what was even more terrible—the electric shocks onto the penis. There were also some ‘spells’ or nashidas (though to no effect). These all exhausted me. It went on and off for months till I turned 18.”

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