Two gay men from Chechnya, exposed the Republic to harassment because of sexual orientation, was granted asylum in Lithuania. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius told the news Agency BNS.
“I can confirm that we have issued visas to two natives of Chechnya, who have been harassed because of their sexual orientation,” said the Minister.
According to him, Lithuania was one of the first countries in the European Union, which began to take persecuted gays and coordinate these actions with the allies in the West.
“We have consistently raised these issues in the framework of EU and parliamentary structures of the Council of Europe regarding the possibility to help and, if necessary, to provide shelter. We coordinate our actions with the allies, because it involved other countries”, – said the Minister.
Details about gay people that found shelter in Lithuania, the Minister said. 5 APR edition Snob published a monologue, a gay, an ethnic Chechen, who claimed that he fled from Chechnya and asked for political asylum in Europe. According to him, he’s already half a year living in one of the European countries, without specifying which one.
Chechen also spoke about his acquaintance who immigrated to France after the raids, which began in the Republic in 2011. His memory in Chechnya were “three waves” of raids. To catch homosexuals in the Republic began in 2008-2009, it was the lightest wave, when gays staged provocation in chat rooms and blackmailed, threatened with outing (sexual orientation disclosure) and extorting money.
The second wave took place in 2011. During the third in March 2017, according to media reports, he was arrested more than 100 people, three of them were killed.
“Novaya Gazeta” in early April, reported about the killings and mass arrests of homosexuals in Chechnya, and then published the testimonies of people who were allegedly kept in a secret prison for gays in the Chechen town of Argun.
The publication caused an international public outcry, so it was forced to respond to the Kremlin, first declared that “it is not the Kremlin’s agenda.” But then 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.
In a number of European countries have been rallies in support of the Chechen gays. In particular, as informs Delfi, on Saturday, may 13, at the Russian Embassy in Vilnius hosted a protest action against violations of the rights of sexual minorities in Chechnya, which was organized by the League of gays of Lithuania.
“The purpose of this action to show that we care about what is happening in Russia. We already know that in Russia, the rights of LGBT people are violated more than we have in Lithuania. But that doesn’t mean we have to sit and just observe what’s going on. Recent events in Chechnya, I was personally outraged, and I just can’t believe that in Russia, where I graduated from College, and I studied in St. Petersburg, so violated human rights. As far as I know, people are being killed only for belonging to sexual minorities. How can this be in the XXI century? Russia, heads up, it should not be! In Russia there is a genocide of citizens”, – said the head of the League of gays of Lithuania Mr Simonko.
The theme of violence against gays in Chechnya was discussed in the European Parliament, three French LGBT organization Stop Homophobie, Mousse and Comité Idaho France filed a complaint to the international criminal court against the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, whom they consider to be the initiator of the killings, Prime Minister Theresa may has promised to “look for opportunities” to support gay rights in Chechnya.
Russia ignored the “gay” caricature Kadyrov
The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on April 19 published a series of cartoons called “the Hunt for gays in Chechnya” in which artists have depicted the Chechen police, “punishing” gays for your interest in recordings of Freddie mercury (“Who listens to Freddie mercury, the lead in the ears”) and the novels of Proust (“For reading Proust – shot”).
In the other picture with the words “rainbow denied” depicts the Chechens, sawn rainbow of chainsaw, another one in the cartoon – Chechen, holding the Cup of the hand with the severed pinky (the inscription warns: “to stick out the little finger is impossible”), the third – Chechen riot police detained the player at Cup and ball (ball attached to a stick).
Pointe throughout the series is the picture of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov for group oral sex, with a penis in his mouth. The caption to the picture reads: “Only Kadyrov is allowed to use lipstick”.
Cartoons, widely spread in social networks in the first half of may, not notice neither the Duma deputies nor senators of the Federation Council, which criticized the work of the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, regarding Russia.
In November 2015, the state Duma even wanted to include employees of the magazine in the sanctions list of the Russian Federation for “blasphemous and immoral” pictures about the crash of the Russian airliner A321, which killed 224 people, and the newspaper offered to amend the list of extremist materials. Senator Valentina Petrenko “answered” the work of the caricature journal “Charly Ebdo” – not people: freaks!”
This time even the state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov, known for his homophobic views and willingly commenting on any topic related to homosexuality, bypassed cartoons in silence.
Even the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov also criticized Charlie Hebdo in his Instagram over the caricature of the crash of Tu-154 of the defense Ministry near Sochi, the picture touches him personally, did not react.
Probably the only Russian officials who commented on the caricature, was the head of the Council on human rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov, who may 13, said RIA “Novosti”: “any caricature need to react, realizing that it is a caricature. The correct reaction to these cartoons – no response”.
“Moreover, – said Fedotov – if to speak seriously on the topic of persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, the head of the Chechen Republic in a conversation with me made it clear that he is ready to facilitate a thorough investigation of all reports of alleged crimes. Appropriate instructions were given, as far as I know. A caricature is always intended to make the audience smile, so I would be confined to just a smile.”
Edition Pravda.Ru on may 13 published a review on the cartoons some Chechen of Kadyrov’s entourage, who said that “no illegal acts” in the Republic would be made, although there are people willing to “put life, but to hear the apology edition Charlie”.
“In the court file will, bankrupt, economically people as we can. The answer is that they will always live in tension. And after a long, I hope life will punish them Allah and the punishment will be terrible. Not an insult to the Chechen people or Ramzan Akhmatovich, but hate that they intentionally do. Do with pleasure”, – he said.