For the first time since the Chechnyan gay purge began a victim speaks out about their terrifying experience, at a press conference. The young Maxim Lapunov tells stories of excruciating threats, humiliation, and torture. He was held for 12 days in a blood-soaked cell. Now, speaking in Russia’s capital Moscow, his lawyers say despite reporting this to authorities – there is no proper investigation happening. The 30-year-old originally from Siberia spent two years living in Chechnya, working as an events organizer. He did not lead an ‘openly gay lifestyle.
October 17 / Gay Star News