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Activists of GayRussia filed a lawsuit against «Novaya Gazeta» of material about the persecution of gays in Chechnya

Activists of the human rights project GayRussia.ru and the leaders of the LGBT movement in the cities of the North Caucasus has filed a lawsuit in the Basmanny court of Moscow against «the New newspaper» in connection with the material is «New» about the killings and mass arrests of homosexuals in Chechnya.

On Tuesday, April 18, according to «Novaya Gazeta».

We are talking about the lawsuit on protection of honor and dignity.

The plaintiff demands from the «Novaya Gazeta» apology, retraction and compensation of one million rubles for moral damages.

The basis for filing a lawsuit called the publication of that notice, filed by GayRussia guidance on conducting in Chechnya LGBT events provoked the persecution of local members of the LGBT community. Activists also said that information about the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya, they have not been.

Recall that on 1 April, the Russian «Novaya Gazeta», citing its own sources reported the detention, torture and «honor murders» residents of Chechnya, suspected sexual orientation.

Three days later in the Central mosque of Grozny held an emergency meeting of representatives of Islamic clergy, where Adam Shahidov, the counselor of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has publicly accused the team of «the New newspaper» slander and called them «enemies of our faith and our homeland.» Shahidov’s speech and other speakers, was broadcast on local TV and are widely dispersed on the Internet.

The results of this meeting a resolution was adopted, one of the points of which reads: «Due to the fact that the insult to the age-old foundations of the Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men, and our faith, we promise that retribution will overtake the true instigators, wherever and whoever they were, without a limitation period».

The Chechen mufti Salah mezhiyev stated that authors of publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya will reach the «retribution of Allah.» The mufti called journalists «who stood on the side of devils, discrediting the Chechen people in the face of the clergy of the Chechen Republic».

The results of investigation of «Novaya Gazeta» and the ensuing new publications, including in the Western media, show that in the two Chechen settlements (the town of Argun and the village of Tsotsi-Yurt), there are secret prisons, from December 2016, the Chechen authorities have begun to put homosexuals. According to sources, «New», in the last six months have been detained at least 100 people. Known the names of the three victims, but sources in the official bodies of Chechnya and local LGBT activists say that the victims much more.

3 April, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian law enforcement agencies to check the information about the persecution against persons with different sexual orientation in Chechnya.

On 8 April the chief editor of «Novaya Gazeta» Dmitry Muratov officially appealed to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a demand to compel the Russian Investigative Committee to start an investigation given New facts.

April 11, the lawyer of the international human rights organization «Agora» Andrey Sabinin filed a complaint with the Basmanny court of Moscow with the requirement to recognize the inaction of Chairman SK the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin illegal.

On 16 April, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov made a statement that the publication of the «Novaya Gazeta» are «an attempt to tarnish our society.» According to Kadyrov, the appearance of such information in the media is «a massive information attack» on led them to the Republic.

On 17 April the Prosecutor General’s office reported that the Chechnya Prosecutor’s office checks the information of «Novaya Gazeta» about the persecution of homosexuals in the country.

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Activists of GayRussia filed a lawsuit against «Novaya Gazeta» of material about the persecution of gays in Chechnya
19.04.2017

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