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posted Friday, July 14, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 28
Chechnya executed 27 people on January 26, Russian newspaper says

Some of those killed were known to be Gay
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Chechnya executed 27 people on January 26, Russian newspaper says

Some of those killed were known to be Gay

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that Chechen security forces executed 27 people on the night of January 26. Radio Free Europe (RFE) published an English-language summary of the story on July 9. While RFE did not explicitly identify the executed individuals as Gay, it linked the killings to the ongoing pogrom against Gay men in the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation and is ruled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian LGBT Network corroborated the reports, noting that some of the names published by Novaya Gazeta were known to be members of the LGBT community.

Novaya Gazeta broke the story of the anti-Gay campaign in Chechnya in April, and their reporting was confirmed by the international watchdog group Human Rights Watch in May.

This is the first report of deliberate executions of Gay people carried out by Chechen government forces. At least three deaths had been reported previously, but all were said to have occurred as a result of beatings in detention camps where Gay men were being held.

According to Novaya Gazeta, the 27 detainees were never formally arrested and no paperwork was filled out on them before they were summarily executed.

A source within the Russian Interior Ministry, which has jurisdiction over police forces, reportedly provided the newspaper with the names of the victims but Novaya Gazeta reporters were unable to locate any of them.

'All attempts to learn anything about these people were met with incredible fear from everyone we questioned,' the newspaper wrote.

In April, Novaya Gazeta reported that dozens of Gay Chechen men had been arrested, imprisoned in special detention camps, and tortured.

Security forces controlled by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov have been accused of gross human rights violations for many years, including abductions, torture, and killings. Kadyrov was installed as President of Chechnya in 2011, after Putin crushed the Chechen independence movement. His father Akhmad was also President of the country for about six months before he was assassinated in 2004.

Kadyrov promised in a June statement that he would clear Chechnya of Gays by the end of Ramadan 2017, which ironically occurred on Pride Day, June 25.

In its 29-page report released on May 26, Human Rights Watch said the 'antigay purge' lasted from late February until at least early April, and that 'it was ordered and conducted by officials in Chechnya.'

The report says the speaker of Chechnya's parliament, Magomed Daudov, an ally of Kadyrov, 'seems to have played a key role in both securing and giving approval from the Chechen leadership to set in motion the purge.'

The Russian LGBT Network is assisting Gay men to flee Chechnya, and several were available to be interviewed by Human Rights Watch. Gay refugees interviewed by the human rights group 'reported hearing the police who held and abused them refer to Daudov and to orders he allegedly issued about violence against Gay men.'

At least three refugees who had been held in Chechen detention camps reported seeing Daudov at camps in Grozny, Chechnya's capital, and the town of Argun, where the abuses were carried out.

Human Rights Watch said the purge began in Argun, about 18 kilometers east of Grozny, during the last week of February.

It says police who detained a young gay man found 'intimate photographs and messages' on his mobile phone indicating he was Gay.

'Using the information from the man's phone together with information the man provided under torture, the officials established the identity of several of his gay contacts,' Human Rights Watch reported.

'The police officials reported their findings to their superior, who apparently raised it with Magomed Daudov,' it said.

American human rights advocates called on the US government to intervene to prevent further executions.

'If these reports are true, the US government must act now.' said Shawn Gaylord, Advocacy Counsel for Human Rights First. 'The perpetrators of these atrocious acts must be brought to justice and we need to make sure that detained members of the Chechen LGBT community do not meet the same fate.'

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