After reports of gay men in Chechnya being sent to internment camps and murdered, it’s now been reported that the US is turning away gay men seeking refuge. It was first reported by Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta that over 100 gay and bisexual men had been detained by authorities. Since then, we’ve seen reports of Chechen officials telling parents to kill their gay children or police will. According to the Russia LGBT Network, the United States has declined visas to gay Chechens seeking refuge. Around 40 men are currently in hiding in other parts of Russia, having difficulties securing visas. Only two have managed to secure visas while a handful have fled Russia without visas.
May 18 / OUT