Queer people in the Caucasus face a number of challenges — discrimination, physical and sexual abuse, and blackmail. For months, activists have watched in horror the persecution of gay men in Chechnya; however, their lives had already been in danger for some time. OC Media spoke to a transgender woman from Grozny, who shared some of her experiences and talked with us about what is happening in the republic. [Read more…]
A number of residents of Chechnya have complained of being forced to attend Russia Day celebrations on 12 June. Mass events are being held in the Chechen capital Grozny, mostly in the city centre on the square in front of the Heart of Chechnya (aka Akhmad Kadyrov) Mosque. [Read more…]
Murad Amriyev, the mixed martial arts fighter who was arrested in Belarus and brought to Grozny by Chechen police last week, was released from custody on 9 June on condition that he does not leave the republic. After leaving the police station, Amriyev gave a press conference in Grozny on 10 June to ‘clarify the situation’ around his arrest. [Read more…]
The authorities of Belarus announced on 8 June that they intend to extradite Chechen sportsman and MMA fighter Murad Amriyev to Russia. Amriyev was detained by Belarusian border guards on 7 June while trying to cross from Russia. [Read more…]
Chechen football club Terek Grozny has been renamed ‘Akhmat’, as was announced on 6 June by the club’s president and chairman of the the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov.
Chechen sportsman Murad Amriyev has been released by police in the Russian city of Bryansk, on the Russian–Ukrainian border, after spending two days in a temporary detention centre. Chechen security forces had been guarding the building in order to capture Amriyev if he left, and to transport him to Chechnya. However, Amriyev managed to evade them, leaving the building in secret.
On 4 June, Chechen world MMA champion Murad Amriyev was detained by police in Russia’s Bryansk Oblast. He was removed from a train after crossing the Russian–Ukrainian border at Suzemka railway station.
On 1 June, there was an assassination attempt in Kyiv on Adam Osmayev, the commander of the pro-Ukrainian Chechen battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudayev. Osmayev was wounded and is currently in hospital in serious condition. His attacker was also injured. Ukrainian authorities allege Russian involvement in the attack. [Read more…]