In the center of Moscow on Tverskaya street near the metro station “Mayakovskaya” on Thursday, may 11, the police detained five activists of the “Open Russia” who were going to file a petition with the requirement to verify information about the killings and detentions of Chechen gays. It is reported by RBC with reference to the representative of the organization Nikita Safronov. After several hours the detainees were released after registration of administrative protocols.

“We carried the signature requirement of the investigation of crimes against homosexuals in Chechnya in the reception room of the Prosecutor General. Once away from the triumphal square, we were detained with the motivation that we are having an inconsistent campaign”, – the activist told. According to him, currently detained activists are in the police bus near the police station “Tverskaya”.

According to Safronov, under the petitions on the platforms Change.org, Avaaz and All out in defense of gays in Chechnya were collected in a total of about two million signatures.

According to “OVD-info”, apart from Nikita Safonov on Tverskaya street were arrested Marina Dedales, Alexander Alexeev, Valentina dektaryenko and a citizen of Italy Yuri Guayana.

The newspaper La Repubblica confirmed the arrest of 43-year-old Italian citizen, activist of the Italian radical Association Certi Diritti (“Some rights”) associated with the Transnational radical party, Yuri Guayana.
As stated on the website of the newspaper La Stampa, that Guayana is at the police station, said the Secretary of the Association Leonardo Monaco and the Italian politician and activist Marco Cappato.

Also, the newspaper refers to the entry in Twitter , Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Benedetto Della Vedova, who said that the Italian foreign Ministry was immediately attracted to the Italian Consulate: his representative is sent to the scene to help the national.

A short while later, the detainees were released from OVD “Tver” after drawing up administrative protocols under article about violation of the established order of organization meeting, reports TASS with reference to the lawyer of the “Open Russia” Sergey badamshin.

“Against five detainees, including a citizen of Italy, was made administrative reports under part 2 of article 20.2 of the administrative code. At the moment all been released from the police station,” – said the lawyer. The maximum sanction under this article provides for administrative arrest up to 10 days.

Association Certi Diritti is a statement by an LGBT activist, made before his arrest. “Russian citizens deserve to live freely and in a legal state. Russia must abide by international treaties which it has signed. No one should have to sacrifice their freedom and life just because of who he is and who he loves, either in Chechnya or anywhere else,” said Guayana, quoted InoPressa.

Activist Irina Yatsenko told the “OVD-info”, the detainees hands were empty boxes in which the activists wanted to collect appeal to the Prosecutor General about the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya. Then they planned to include the collected treatment from the reception of the Prosecutor General’s office. As reported by Russian service of the BBC, the Prosecutor’s office, the activists were carrying a printed version of the petition in defense of gays.

Recall, April 26, the Prosecutor General’s office has recognized the undesirable on the territory of Russia, the three foreign non – governmental organization registered in the UK organization of Mikhail Khodorkovsky “Open Russia”, the Institute of modern Russia (USA) of his son Pavel Khodorkovsky and the social network movement “Open Russia” (UK). Later it was said that the recognition of the “Open Russia” junk organization for the British organization “Open Russia” and will not affect movement in Russia.

About the mass arrests of gays in Chechnya for the first time reported by “Novaya Gazeta” in early April. According to the newspaper, the authorities of the Republic detained more than hundreds of men suspected of sexual orientation. Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov called the information “an absolute lie”. Later, the “Novaya Gazeta” wrote that in Chechnya there are “secret prisons” for gays.

Representatives of the Chechen authorities said that in the Republic of homosexuals and, consequently, they are unable to pursue. For its part, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported that the publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya are not confirmed.

However, on 5 may the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova promised to connect the Prosecutor General and the interior Ministry to deal with the violation of gay rights in the North Caucasus.

Publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya drew the attention of the West. In the US, the UK, Sweden, Canada urged Moscow to deal with the situation. On the eve of Prime Minister Theresa may announcedthat London is exploring opportunities to support the LGBT community in Chechnya.



In Moscow detained activists, who brought to the attorney General a petition in defense of the Chechen gay 11.05.2017

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