Friday, 4 August 2017
Russian LGBT Network releases a terrifying new video showing the "gay purge" in Chechnya
It comes after the group released a report, based on 33 interviews with men, about the so called 'gay-purge', which is occurring in the country.
Reports of LGBT+ people being rounded up and held in concentration camps first emerged in December last year.
Since then there has been growing concern from human rights groups and the international community.
The report details that dozens have been killed, with many fearing that number could be over 200.
The Russian LGBT Network released 'Unable to Breathe' which explains the context of the anti-LGBT purges.
You can watch it here:
During the video, the narrator reads segments from an series of interviews which the LGBT Network have conducted, with those who have been persecuted in Chechnya.
One man interviewed earlier this year says he was arrested, then subjected to torture including via means of electrocution, and physical beatings and was left without food and water for a week.
It was after the police tracked him down, after he had been using websites to meet and chat with other gay men.
He adds: "I can't get rid of the feeling that I'm being followed. I'm afraid of the telephone. If a car pulls up, it startles me"
The video ends with the chilling words "You can't breathe there", referring to how he wishes for a better life for himself and his family outside of Chechnya.