Russian investigative bodies are not properly investigating the campaign of persecution against queer people in Chechnya, Russian rights activists announced during a press conference on 16 October in Moscow. The activists have been assisting queer Chechens flee the republic.
A chartered plane from Iraq landed in Moscow on October 11, with five children from Chechnya and Dagestan on board. The children’s parents had joined up to fight for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq several years ago.
The European Commission has confirmed that disappeared Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakayev has not entered Europe, according to Russian rights activists.
A video has been posted on YouTube purportedly by missing Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakayev. Relatives and friends of the singer however, have expressed doubts about its veracity. [Read more…]
Malika Bakayeva, mother of the disappeared singer Zelimkhan Bakayev, has recorded an audio message to the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, pleading with him to help in the search of her son. [Read more…]
Four women and eight children arrived in Grozny on the evening of 1 September from the Iraqi city of Mosul. They were returning from Syria, where they had traveled with their husbands to join the Islamic State. Together with their relatives, OC Media’s special correspondent was waiting for them in the airport.
Senior Chechen military commander Abduzayd Vismuradov, who has been accused of involvement in the abduction, torture, and killing of queer men in Chechnya, visited Germany and the Netherlands in early September. His visit has raised questions over the EU’s visa policy towards people suspected of committing human rights abuses.
Russian human rights activists have launched an online campaign to support the search for Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakaev, who disappeared in the Chechen capital Grozny on 8 August. [Read more…]
Security forces in Chechnya have a list of local celebrities suspected of being queer, according to a man who spent more than 10 days in a secret prison there. [Read more…]