Are you trying to understand the situation faced by LGBT people in the Russian Federation? A recent article from Salon.com explains the context for the persecution of gay men, and men perceived to be gay, in Chechnya and how the Russian government has fostered an increasingly hostile climate toward LGBT people in recent years.
The recent persecution of gay men in Chechnya, a conservative Muslim republic in the Russian Federation, highlights the brutal violence to which LGBT people have long been subjected in the region. Whether it’s the honor killings and concentration camps in Chechnya or a Russian anti-gay propaganda law that makes it difficult to live life openly as a gay person, the current system perpetrates a culture of fear and silence that forces many into the closet. To be outed means risking violence and even death. …
“Life in Russia became really hard after 2013,” claimed Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian LGBT Network. “Many open LGBT people were beaten and fired. That’s when the real witch hunts began.”
Please read the complete article at From Russia with hate: How Putin’s anti-LGBT crackdown led to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya – Salon.com.
Learn how to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.