Putin’s vindictive ally, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, is lashing out against the U.S. official after being sanctioned over LGBTQ rights.
“Welcome to Chechnya” follows persecuted LGBT+ Russians fleeing a gay purge. Director David France embeds in the rescue effort. He also wants to know why we’re ignoring it.
A week ago, Putin met with a doctor who has now tested positive for coronavirus. It touches everyone. As the plague spreads, many rulers in the ex-Soviet Empire opt for repression.
Since 2017, the Chechen government has been kidnapping, torturing, and killing LGBT people. “Welcome to Chechnya” chronicles the horror, and the efforts to smuggle them to safety.
People working to save LGBT Chechens from deadly purges told The Daily Beast that the Trump administration’s policies are making a difficult job even harder.
According to campaigners, families in Chechnya are being ordered to kill their LGBT relatives, with authorities also demanding money for the release of detained LGBT relatives.
The abduction and beating of an Amnesty International observer shows that under Putin the people charged with law enforcement have no respect at all for the law.