Seminar: Persecution of gay men in Chechnya – how to respond to it?

Igor Kochetkov is the head of the Russian LGBT Network. On 6 December, he visits Civil Rights Defenders' headquarters in Stockholm to discuss the recent "gay purge" in Chechnya.

Igor Kochetkov is the head of the Russian LGBT Network. On 7 December, he visits Civil Rights Defenders’ headquarters in Stockholm to discuss the recent “gay purge” in Chechnya.

In the spring of 2017, the Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported about mass detentions, torture and killings of gay men in Russia’s autonomous republic of Chechnya. As a response to the purge, the Russian LGBT Network soon after opened a hotline and started evacuating hundreds of gay men from Chechnya and Russia.

While human rights defenders report of continued harassment and detentions, the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is accusing journalists and human rights defenders of spreading provocative lies, and states that there simply are no gay men in Chechnya. Meanwhile, all attempts of investigation have been complicated by the fact that the survivors are reluctant to testify about abuses due to fear of reprisals and persecution by the Chechen authorities. Many further fear the reactions of their relatives due to the sexual prejudice and stigma related to homosexuality.

On 7 December, Igor Kochetov from the Russian LGBT Network joins Civil Rights Defenders for a breakfast seminar to discuss the recent events in Chechnya as well as what Sweden and other democratic states can do.

Date: 7 December 2017
Time: 9:00–10:00 (breakfast will be served from 8:45)
Venue: Civil Rights Defenders headquarters, Sergels torg 12, floor 12 (building number 5, door next to Espresso House).
Language: English (interpreted from Russian)

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please register here.


Categories: Events.
Tags: Igor Kochetov and Russian LGBT Network.
Regions: The North Caucasus.