A Russian group that defends LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights says it has helped 114 people flee Chechnya to avoid persecution over their sexual orientation or that of their relatives in the North Caucasus region since April 2017. LGBT-Network chairman Igor Kochetkov told reporters on April 3 that the 114 people included 41 people who were detained and tortured in Chechnya and 30 were family members who faced danger. Fourteen men were approached by police who threatened them and tried to force them to collaborate to locate other gays, and seven men contacted LGBT-Network to seek help after their acquaintances were detained, Kochetkov said. Seven others were threatened by their own relatives, Kochetkov said, adding that three gay men were abducted by their relatives and one of them is believed to be dead.
April 3 / Radio Free Europe