The Russian-based organization Stimul offers safe places to live and asylum advocacy for LGBT people fleeing life-threatening situations in homophobic Central Asian countries.
Natalya Estemirova was abducted and shot by Chechen authorities in 2009. Until last week her daughter had lived in quiet exile. But no more.
Many in Dagestan hope that 68-year-old Gen. Vladimir Vasilyev will put an end, at last, not only to lawlessness in the local government but in the law enforcement agencies as well.
Over the past two weeks, the pressure on Memorial has gone critical and dangerous for its employees in two Russian regions, the republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia.
Nobody has any doubt that the Chechen police planted drugs on Oyub Titiyev, even some in the Kremlin who claimed the charges were fake. But for now Titiyev is still in jail.
Some are refugees, some criminals, some terrorists, some freedom fighters. And some of the Chechens in Ukraine are all of the above.
The Chechen strongman makes a power play, pushing Putin to intervene in Burma. But that’s only the beginning.