The LGBT flags. Photo

19 October 2019, 09:19

Complaint to ECtHR gives hope for inquiry into torture of alleged gay Altemirov

Volunteers of the Russian LGBT Network have evacuated almost 160 people from Chechnya and continue helping local homosexuals. According to the complaint filed by the Network in the interests of the murdered Chechen resident, Arbi Altemirov, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg may oblige Russia to investigate the case.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on October 16, the Russian LGBT Network sent a complaint to the ECtHR on behalf of Arbi Altemirov, a resident of Chechnya, who fell victim to massive raids on gays conducted in Chechnya in early 2017. After a prolonged brutal torture, Altemirov died at home.

The Russian LGBT Network continues its project to evacuate gay men from Chechnya, Veronica Lapina, an activist, has reported.

In January 2019, the LGBT Network announced a new wave of gay persecutions in Chechnya. After that, Igor Kochetkov, the head of the Network, reported received threats.

The Altemirov's case is not the only one that reached the ECtHR, Ms Lapina has noted. She did not rule out that there would be other appeals to the ECtHR, since the Network has other facts of human rights violations in Chechnya.

The passivity of Altemirov's relatives is caused by fears for the safety of other family members, said Tatiana Lokshina, a deputy director of the "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) for Europe and Central Asia.

The position of Arbi Altemirov's relatives is caused by local traditions and fears for their lives, Svetlana Gannushkina, the head of the "Civil Assistance" Committee, believes.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

November 22, 2019 23:53

  • Six oppositionists detained on protest action near State Security Service of Georgia

    The police detained protesters who tried to block the building of the State Security Service of Georgia, and all six detainees have already been released, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia reports. The detainees did not render any resistance to the police, although administrative protocols on their alleged disobedience to the police were drawn up against them, one of the protesters reported.

November 22, 2019 23:02

  • Court refuses to cancel Gannushkina's fine for a picket in memory of Estemirova

    Today, the Moscow City Court has upheld a decision on a fine of 150,000 roubles, imposed on Svetlana Gannushkina, the chair of the "Civic Assistance Committee", for a protest action on the anniversary of the Natalia Estemirova's murder. Svetlana Gannushkina requested the court to completely acquit her in the administrative case.

November 22, 2019 22:31

  • Video report of disappeared Chechen native confirms version of his kidnaping

    Azamat Ibragimov, a native of Chechnya, who arrived from Canada and disappeared, recorded a video of his walk around the centre of Grozny a week after his disappearance. In his video, Azamat Ibragimov called on natives of Chechnya living abroad to stop criticizing the republic's authorities. He did not record the video by his own will, suggested Instagram users and residents of Chechnya.

November 22, 2019 19:08

November 22, 2019 18:55

News archive