She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia. – The Washington Post

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Elena Milashina with her 2013 International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State. Photo in the public domain.

The Washington Post reports on a new wave of threats against Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, after two of its journalists broke news of an anti-gay campaign sanctioned by the Chechen government:

This week, the newspaper put out a statement that warned religious leaders in the Russian republic of Chechnya were attempting to incite people to “massacre journalists” after a meeting in a Grozny mosque on April 3. …

This backlash had been sparked by an April 1 story from reporter Elena Milashina and her colleague Irina Gordienko. In March, Milashina had discovered evidence that gay men were being detained, tortured and even killed in an anti-homosexual purge in Chechnya.

After spending weeks checking the story with her sources, Milashina says they could confirm that hundreds of people had been detained; at least three are now thought to have died.

Read the full article at She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia. – The Washington Post

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



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