LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Chechnya

  • The Russian LGBT Network can be called for free in Russia - 8 800 555 73 74.

  • Anyone outside Russia with information they would like to share on the current situation in Chechnya can confidentially contact ILGA-Europe Tel.: +32 2 609 54 10 or info@ilga-europe.org 


An unofficial translation of the Novaya Gazeta article from 4 April is available here in English. Please note this is an unofficial translation and provided for reference only.

Since April 2017, when news of the human rights violations in Chechnya broke, ILGA-Europe have been working closely with our member organisations such as the Russian LGBT Network to try and establish facts about what has been happening, and to offer assistance on the ground.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have helped to resettle more than twenty victims in safe countries. Funds have been used for housing, food, legal support, language lessons and psychosocial support.

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One and a half years after news first broke about persecution, imprisonment and torture of (perceived) LGBT people in Chechnya, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article on Friday, January 11, reporting that a new wave of attacks on the LGBT community in Chechnya has begun, and confirming that the situation is one of prolonged crisis and lawlessness.

16 January 2019

A group of 15 countries have issued questions to Russia under the OSCE's Vienna Mechanism.

31 August 2018

The first comprehensive report issued by an international organisation on the widespread human rights abuses inflicted on the LGBTI communities in Chechnya was adopted on 27 June 2018. 

28 June 2018

Over 30 powerful personal testimonies from Chechnya are included in a report prepared by the Russian LGBT Network, in cooperation with reporters from Novaya Gazeta.

1 August 2017

Latest observations from the Russian LGBT Network.

16 June 2017

This evening, ILGA-Europe have received an update on the disturbing situation in Chechnya.

13 April 2017

Find here statements from a broad scale of institutions, governments and other organisations

12 April 2017

The Russian LGBT Network has continued its fact finding mission on the alarming arbitrary detention, torture and killing of (perceived) gay men in Chechnya.

7 April 2017

On 1 April, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting human rights violations on a mass scale in Chechnya. 

5 April 2017