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US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture

Original story at BuzzFeed• 12 mentions • 7 days ago

BuzzFeed 7 days ago

 
The United States has declined visas to gay Chechens fleeing a wave of kidnappings, torture, and disappearances in the semi-autonomous Russian region, according to the organization Russia LGBT Network. A group of around 40 Chechens are now in hiding in other parts of Russia, Russia LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News, and are having difficulty securing visas that would allow them to flee the country. Since the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported the abuse of dozens of gay Chechens in April, just two have managed to secure visas to safe countries despite the European Union and ...
 
 
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19 May
Scott Werntz @mrpinkoutloud
Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens https://t.co/UWvivl2eFp https://t.co/c0FhnBPZd4
18 May
Equality California @eqca
This is appalling. What is @realDonaldTrump’s @StateDept doing? https://t.co/YnL6CvTMt9
18 May
Queerjohn PA @QueerjohnPA
RT @KevinDarryl: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/0VncaOtwht via @jlfeder
18 May
Eric Rosswood @LGBT_Activist
RT @allanbrocka: US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture in #Chechnya https://t.co/aZ9rAdyXnE https://t.co/ifGeJKBkoZ
18 May
Pamela Merritt @SharkFu
RT @TheTaskForce: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/s2V5wra5OE @jlfeder #I…
18 May
The Task Force @TheTaskForce
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/s2V5wra5OE @jlfeder #IDAHOT #loveislove
17 May
LA LGBT Center @LALGBTCenter
Gay/bi Russians are trying to flee kidnapping and torture. The U.S. has denied their visas. https://t.co/89zEBSqwgd https://t.co/pY1enLcRsG
17 May
Amanda Marcotte @AmandaMarcotte
https://t.co/6uqCtX9zRl One major reason that concerns about Trump being Putin’s puppet are about more than whining over Clinton’s loss.
17 May
NCLR @NCLRights
#EyesOnChechnya: US denied visas to those fleeing anti-#LGBTQ purge in #Chechnya. https://t.co/B66OXSuEsT
17 May
Lambda Legal @LambdaLegal
Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
Jessica Valenti @JessicaValenti
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia