Screenshot of the video by the "Caucasian Knot" "LGBT in Chechnya: how people get abducted under Ramzan Kadyrov" ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8_M5f7G14

13 August 2021, 11:45

Rights defenders tell details of queer girl's abduction by Chechen law enforcers

The "Russian LGBT Network"* is concerned about the fate of the girl who was abducted a year ago by Chechen law enforcers, and is going to appeal against the decision of the Chechen Supreme Court (SC), which has found the investigator's refusal to investigate the abduction as legitimate. The refusal to investigate the abduction case is unlawful, the advocate has noted.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in August 2020, a young woman from Grozny turned to the hotline of the "Russian LGBT Network"* asking to help her leave the republic. She claimed that her family had learned about her sexual orientation; and her life was in danger. Human rights defenders helped her to leave home, but then law enforcers found her and took her away.

According to David Isteev, the head of the Emergency Aid Programme of the "Russian LGBT Network"*, nothing is known about the girl's fate.

The "Caucasian Knot" has prepared a video about the story of Khalimat Taramova, which illustrates the situation with domestic violence in Chechnya and gives an understanding of many other similar stories.

The Chechen girl who was abducted by her relatives, grew up in Europe, said Isteev. "She perfectly speaks one of the European languages. The family became aware of her orientation back there. They beat up her at home because of this … Then her father sent her to Chechnya for re-education. Her brother who works in law enforcement bodies controlled them," David Isteev said, adding that the two women who tried to help the fugitive were detained and tortured. Now, they are safe and managed to leave Chechnya.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 11, 2021 at 08:58 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Gor Alexanyan Source: CK correspondent

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