About the evacuation of gay men from Chechnya — Meduza

If you only read one article about the Russian LGBT Network’s work for LGBT Chechens, read this one from Meduza.

The Russian LGBT Network has opened a refuge center in Moscow for Chechen gays fleeing persecution in Chechnya. According to the organization, about 25 people have already left the republic and another 30, who are assisted by LGBT network staff, are planning to leave Chechnya in the near future. Four to five people apply to leave every day on a twenty-four-hour hotline. The organization has security protocols that help to conceal the refugees’ identities.

The LGBT Network hopes to send refugees to other countries where they will be granted asylum; network employees are involved in negotiations with the embassies of Western countries. Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko learned the details of the evacuation from the organization’s employees. She also spoke with those who have already managed to leave.

Read the article for interviews with Chechnyan escapees and more:  About the evacuation of gay men from Chechnya — Meduza

Learn how to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.

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