Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help. Activists are in talks with five countries, two of them non-EU, the Russian LGBT Network told the BBC. Nine men have already been granted visas. Two of them went to Lithuania, which has announced its involvement. "It's very important to act, because they are suffering," Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the BBC. He would not name the other countries involved but described them as "allies". His country's decision was an "implicit message" to Russia, he said, because "we are taking care of Russian citizens... [whose] rights were abused".