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Russia gay travel: is it safe for LGBTQ travellers?
Russia: New Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya | Human Rights Watch
A Russia n LGBT rights group says two young men it helped escape Chechnya have been kidnapped from a safe house in central Russia by Chechen security forces and returned to the region against their will, where they could face torture. The Russian LGBT Network, a Saint Petersburg-based charity with branches throughout Russia, according to their website, has helped hundreds of people in recent years leave Chechnya, a mountainous region in southern Russia, where security forces routinely imprison and torture people they suspect of being homosexual. The charity had helped Salekh Magamadov, 20, and Ismail Isteyev, 17, leave Chechnya last year after they were detained by police for two months and tortured, a representative for the network said. But on Thursday one of the men made a panicked call to a worker at the charity calling for help, while in the background shouts from unknown people could be heard, David Isteyev, who took the call, told ABC News.
2 young men kidnapped in Russia by Chechen security forces: LGBT activists
Two gay Chechen men who fled to Russia after allegedly being tortured have been returned to Chechnya and are in "mortal danger", a rights group says. The group said it helped the men escape to Russia last year to avoid arrest by Chechen police, officially for running an opposition Telegram channel. The group says they were later forcibly returned to authorities in Chechnya, a southern republic of Russia. Gay people and other sexual minorities face systematic persecution in predominantly Muslim Chechnya, where homophobia is widespread.
Log in Advanced Search. Gay couples in Russia who have become parents via surrogacy , may face arrest under baby trafficking laws. The statement has not been confirmed or denied by the Kremlin. The crackdown appears to come after a baby died in Moscow in January while waiting for paperwork for the parents to take their child home to the Philippines. No evidence has been presented that the cause of death was anything but natural.