PAPER: Russian Official Threatens LGBTQ Leader: ‘Go Back to Where You Belong’

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The article in PAPER magazine concerning a queer purge in Chechnya and threats towards Igor Kochetkov: “The violence against queer people in Chechnya is unceasing. According to a new, detailed Instagram post on the Russian LGBT Network‘s page, the organization’s Executive Director Igor Kochetkov has received threats from a Chechen man named Ali Bashanov, who reportedly heads up a mission to …

Igor Kochetkov, a head of the Russian LGBT Network Is Threatened Over a Queer Purge in Chechnya

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The head of the Russian LGBT Network, Igor Kochetkov, who is conducting a rescue operation to save queer victims of the purge, has received death threats from one of the Chechens public activists, Ali Baskhanov who runs a nonprofit called “Noah’s Ark.” That guy in his video calls Igor “a bastard”, “the devil’s son” who has “humiliated a whole nation”. …

Queer Purges in Chechnya: a New Round and Vigil in NYC, Sunday, January 20, 2019

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The new round of LGBTIQ purges takes place in Chechnya. The Novaya Gazeta reports that at least 2 people killed while some guys escaped Chechnya have reported that it might be about 20 people killed in torture. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/01/14/new-details-emerge-about-what-one-source-calls-an-anti-lgbtq-genocide  The Chechen government continues persecuting LGBTIQ individuals justifying it with “religion”. Meanwhile, the Russian government is silent, covering up these atrocities. Let’s …

Justice for Zelim Bakaev – Rally!

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A year ago, Zelim Bakaev (a Chechen singer) has disappeared in Chechnya while visiting his sister’s wedding. That was a beginning of the third wave of anti-LGBTIQ purges taken place in Chechnya. Since then, there have been a lot of rumors concerning Zelim’s disappearance, including Ramzan Kadyrov’s (The Head of Chechnya Republic) statement that Zelim was killed by his own …

RUSA and VOICE’s VIGIL for Zelim

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On January 16th, the Head of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in a meeting with law enforcement in Chechnya, hinted that Zelimkhan Bakaev, 25-year old singer, who has been missing since August 8, 2017, was likely murdered by his family in an honor killing. Kadyrov blamed Zelim’s relatives, saying Zelim’s family had internal conflict about his sexuality that led …

WE STAND AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ HATE CRIMES IN UKRAINE

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On Saturday, November 4th at 2 pm, New Yorkers will gather near Consulate General of Ukraine to protest discrimination, as well as to show support for LGBT community in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Consulate located at 240 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017.   The number of attacks against LGBTQ people in Ukraine has been increasing for several years in …

CBST Hosted a Conference Call on Chechnya

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On May 11, 2017 CBST in collaboration with RUSA LGBT hosted the conference call regarding persecution of LGBTIQ people in Chechen republic of Russia. “Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum facilitated a conversation with presenter Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President of RUSA LGBT, from New York City.” To listen, click on: https://cbst.org/content/chechnyan-persecution-lgbtq-people   20 мая 2017 CBST  совместно с RUSA LGBT провели телефонную конференцию, посвященную …

Homophobic Murder in Belarus

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Mikhail Pischevsky died on October 27, 2015 in Minsk hospital due to the complications of severe head injuries he suffered in a homophobic attack seventeen months prior. Mikhail was brutally beaten near the entrance to a nightclub in Minsk where he was attending a gay party. Mikhail underwent brain surgery, was in a coma for a month and remained in …