We were just (11 mei 2017) detained as we tried to deliver 400K signatures supporting gay men in Chechnya – And the verdict of May 30 2017

Deze vijf mensen, Nikita Safronov, Alexandra Alekseyeva, Marina Dedales, Yury Guaiana and Valentina Dekhtyarenko, zijn gisteren (11 mei 2017) gearresteerd toen ze bijna  400.000 handtekeningen (waaronder die van mij) bij de procureur generaal in Moskou wilden inleveren met de oproep tot onderzoek naar de vervolging en marteling van en moord op LGBT’s in Tsjetsjenië. De president van Tsjetsjenië heeft gezegd dat hij de hele LGBT-gemeenschap aan het begin van de ramadan wil hebben uitgeroeid.
Ik heb minister Koenders gevraagd naar maatregelen en uitspraken inzake deze ernstige vergrijpen – zowel de gruwelijke vervolgingen in Tsjetsjenië  als de arrestatie in Moskou – misschien kunt u dat ook doen.

Игорь Я.
MAY 11, 2017

Dear friends,

We have urgent and important news! Today we were going to deliver all of the nearly 400.000 signatures we’ve collected together to the Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow. We intended to demand a full-scale investigation of the cases of tortures and murders of LGBT people in Chechnya. The delivery was scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. and was organised together with the Russian LGBT Network.

Unfortunately, had we barely left the car with all the boxes, we got immediately detained by the police!

We are writing this update for you from a police van in which we are being kept. They are planning on taking us to the Tverskoy police station. Here’s a picture from inside a Russian police vehicle, used for transporting prisoners.

Dear friends, we are immensely grateful for your support and will keep you updated. Now, we are asking you to spread the information about our arrest as wide as you can! Please, use your social networks or communicate this info to journalists you know. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

We are nearly 400.000 — this is a huge power to be reckoned with! Let’s show what it’s capable of!

Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts,

Nikita Safronov, Alexandra Alekseyeva, Marina Dedales, Yury Guaiana and Valentina Dekhtyarenko


Dinsdag 30 mei 2017

Verdict in our trial for deleivering 495K signatures inMoscow #Chechnya #LGBT

Игорь Я.

MAY 30, 2017 — Hello!

Yesterday our trial took place in Moscow. As you know, we were detained on May 11 in our attempt to deliver all your signatures to the General Prosecutor’s Office and demand investigation into the persecution of gays in Chechnya.

As a verdict, two of us received a fine of 10,000 rubles ($176), hearings for the other two people were postponed to June 21. The Court will be calling on the police officers who carried out the detention as witnesses.

The verdicts will be appealed in the near future.

The Chechen authorities, meanwhile, continue to behave arrogantly and insultingly, despite the panic that has grown due to the investigation. Besides the fact that they still try to convince everyone that there are no gays in the republic, the speaker of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov, known as the “Lord”, attacked human rights defenders, journalists and representatives of the LGBT community with insulting comments. In particular, he called homosexuality “a sign of the degeneration of any nation”, and on accusations of being present during torture he replied: “I am ready for any investigative proceedings with you as a Russian citizen. But, as a Chechen, I just despise you!”.

At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that he had agreed with Vladimir Putin to monitor the situation of LGBT people in Chechnya, and the Russian president had promised him to take measures aimed at investigating the actions of Chechen authorities.

Do not let these promises remain empty words. Help spread the word about this petition even more so that Russia will not forget that the world is watching carefully. Link to the petition: www.change.org/Chechnya100rus

Thank you,