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US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture

Original story at BuzzFeed• 116 mentions • 1 month ago

BuzzFeed 1 month 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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11 Jun
Peter Tatchell @PeterTatchell
#Russia: activists say they've been told US visas are out of reach for gay #Chechens. 40 forced into hiding https://t.co/UZTZSYc0SH @TETUmag
21 May
Voto Latino @votolatino
Survivors of the anti-LGBT crackdown are in hiding and can't find any countries that will grant them asylum. https://t.co/4lks7tnp86
20 May
Ryan Flinn @RS_Flinn
RT @NinjaEconomics: The US denies visas to gay Chechens fleeing kidnapping and torture. https://t.co/bDG4AUodkc
20 May
James Burns @1mentat
RT @NinjaEconomics: The US denies visas to gay Chechens fleeing kidnapping and torture. https://t.co/bDG4AUodkc
20 May
renee @reneejulene
RT @NinjaEconomics: The US denies visas to gay Chechens fleeing kidnapping and torture. https://t.co/bDG4AUodkc
19 May
Richard Harrold @newzdude76
RT @ALT_uscis: Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens. https://t.co/XS8uT4bOzr
19 May
JR Buckley @JRBuckley
#Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For #Gay #Chechens - #Russia #LGBT https://t.co/xZJI1CEoX7
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
19 May
lawana gilbert- @Kaygirl8Lawana
RT @flwrpwr1969: Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens https://t.co/mjJ712TOSp
19 May
Jennifer Laude @filamLGBT
#LGBT #p2 US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture - BuzzFeed News https://t.co/1j0EzHMSj0https://t.co/UhI6eNDGBy
18 May
The Young Turks @TheYoungTurks
On #TYTlive: Gay Russians are trying to escape kidnapping and torture. But the US has denied them visas. https://t.co/DHTNAAT9VE
18 May
Jeff Letourneau @jeffl76
40 survivors of Gay & Bi-Sexual crackdown in #Chechnya are in hiding, but can't find a safe country to take them in. https://t.co/TndwJCjOJa
18 May
Joan Vinall-Cox @JoanVinallCox
RT @brontyman: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/IjXrheT5Lp via @jlfeder
18 May
Anirvan Chatterjee @anirvan
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/lXdEIvaICV
18 May
Tom Coates @tomcoates
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Equality California @eqca
This is appalling. What is @realDonaldTrump’s @StateDept doing? https://t.co/YnL6CvTMt9
18 May
Kenneth Roth @KenRoth
US rightfully condemns torture and killing of gays in Chechnya but won't give them visas to flee to safety. https://t.co/ZEAAKUr8im
18 May
Tom Yamaguchi @tomyamaguchi
#Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/XeMAd10CjH via @jlfeder #lgbtq
18 May
Dunstan Orchard @dunstan
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Arianna Huffington @ariannahuff
Gay Russians are trying to flee kidnapping and torture. The US has denied them visas https://t.co/xA2FmoOfih
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
Loren A Olson MD @LorenAOlsonMD
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
RiPPa @RippDemUp
RT @frangeladuo: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/L20crMFaV8 wrong https:…
18 May
Mark Malone @soundmigration
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Felix Salmon @felixsalmon
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Bob Blaskiewicz @rjblaskiewicz
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
AmnestyUK Media Team @NewsFromAmnesty
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/X6cpT9x1ZS via @jlfeder
18 May
malkia a. cyril @culturejedi
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/HxhbWWUjLy via @jlfeder
18 May
BenzinNv @NouriNv
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/8FTuPPKEas via @jlfeder
18 May
Rae Jackson @alltheraej
RT @itsjina: So this is also happening https://t.co/bFClhNhHKL
18 May
Hail Zorp! ☕ 🍱 @spinifex23
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
18 May
Dave Lohse @showtunesrock
Trump administration shows no heart and displays total lack of moral compass. https://t.co/qXjPjcQxpY
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
Bob Lannon @BobLannon
RT @itsjina: So this is also happening https://t.co/bFClhNhHKL
18 May
Edith Cohen @EmpathyNow
RT @KevinDarryl: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/pLG0aIfWwd via @jlfeder
18 May
Zhan Li 🇪🇺🇬🇧 @thezhanly
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Brad McKee @bradmckeeee
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Erika Hall 🌎 @mulegirl
RT @MiriamElder: The gay men trying to flee Chechnya and Russia are finding that no country wants to take them in https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
#timetolawyerup @gdtrble
RT @MiriamElder: Activists say around 40 men are trapped, having fled Chechnya but with no way to leave Russia https://t.co/cF4nPB1mG1
18 May
Jackal Pack @SuziSteffen
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
18 May
Peter Hamby @PeterHamby
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
18 May
Erica McGillivray @emcgillivray
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/aVdPik6eYZ
18 May
Jayel Aheram @aheram
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
18 May
sendai @sendai
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
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
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/s2V5wra5OE @jlfeder #IDAHOT #loveislove
18 May
John Boitnott @jboitnott
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/WcuMl5azBe via @jlfeder
17 May
Amanda Deibert🏳️‍🌈 @amandadeibert
RT @kellyryanobrien: US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture - BuzzFeed https://t.co/yStdB06UTy thanks @merhoffman
17 May
PurpleGimp @PurpleGimp
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Cindy ✡ Quashie @KahyaTeh
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
dj ripley @laripley
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Steve Silberman @stevesilberman
Nightmare: The US is denying visas to gay men seeking to escape kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/UTRpfHR1pa
17 May
Heather ♿📷📱🔭 @MissJupiter1957
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
NoBigGovDuh @NoBigGovDuh
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/m7CMJLdWI3
17 May
Jason Wilson @jason_a_w
RT @lanesainty: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/oE7rh2s7uo
17 May
Jessica Lee @BusquedaJess
RT @DrBenz3: "Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas." #LGBTQ #IDAHOT https://t.co/X5YOO1Ryg9
17 May
JmPepp @jmpepp
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
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
Barbara Negrescu @Saukel
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Sam Levine @Sam_Levine
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Dee @DAbitty
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Shmarya Rosenberg @Shmarya
RT @kylegriffin1: Buzzfeed: U.S. is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/yVSgwmjaPd
17 May
Melissa McEwan @Shakestweetz
"The US has declined visas to gay Chechens fleeing a wave of kidnappings, torture, and disappearances." https://t.co/dowC7QAkBw
17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/2KXgvuVACM via @jlfeder
17 May
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RT @TurboKitty: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/jBMgSFsfFp
17 May
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17 May
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17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/vrkNpA2tVk
17 May
ACLU of Arizona @ACLUaz
RT @LambdaLegal: Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
Steve Rhodes @tigerbeat
RT @shani_o: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/RHw3himOyX via @jlfeder
17 May
NCLR🏳️‍🌈 @NCLRights
#EyesOnChechnya: US denied visas to those fleeing anti-#LGBTQ purge in #Chechnya. https://t.co/B66OXSuEsT
17 May
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RT @LambdaLegal: Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/qM6yzxIV0P
17 May
CW @ChloDubs
RT @shani_o: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/RHw3himOyX via @jlfeder
17 May
Margaret Conway @MCinDC
.@nikkihaley Are you doing anything to stop the killings in Chechnya? #EyesOnChechnya #IDAHOT https://t.co/KbmR76Zqif
17 May
Danny Sullivan @dannysullivan
RT @LambdaLegal: Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
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17 May
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RT @LambdaLegal: Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
Lambda Legal @LambdaLegal
Horrible. Horrifying. Stop this, @realDonaldTrump @nikkihaley. #LGBTQ #IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT https://t.co/vIRQSfEzqB
17 May
Adam Griffiths @adamgriffiths
RT @John_Hudson: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/Z3sBcmpxuB via @jlfeder
17 May
Ishaan Tharoor @ishaantharoor
RT @John_Hudson: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/Z3sBcmpxuB via @jlfeder
17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/OCpXv0flaR via @jlfeder
17 May
Ariel Waldman @arielwaldman
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
نشرة القاهرة‎ @cairowire
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
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RT @JoeSudbay: US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture https://t.co/euLcPfwXpV via @jlfeder
17 May
Vence Remos @SwitchingTmprly
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
Sarah Laskow @slaskow
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
Alberto Nardelli @AlbertoNardelli
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
Ken Adams @adamsken
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
Carl Zimmer @carlzimmer
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
WeAreAmerica🇺🇸 @DemocracyValues
RT @BuzzFeedBen: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/QAoPrdn7da via @jlfeder
17 May
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US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture - https://t.co/tjIpIuMUt1
17 May
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US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture Visas. https://t.co/MLHqXgKgpO via @jlfeder
17 May
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RT @jlfeder: Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/1cER32iuzN via @jlfeder
17 May
caitlin klevorick @caitlinbk
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
OutRight @OutRightIntl
Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/MAZzdWJ7JV by @jlfeder #lgbt #humanrights
17 May
Internet Explorer @meganegginclegg
RT @adambvary: So this is sickening: The U.S. is denying visas to gay Russians fleeing kidnapping and torture https://t.co/nc2vQiJPwd via @…
17 May
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Gay Russians Are Trying To Flee Kidnapping And Torture. The US Has Denied Them Visas. https://t.co/OWmVPFheqb via @jlfeder
17 May
James G. Cobb @NYCjamescobb
RT @__keating: The US is denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya. https://t.co/IS7jESicAx
17 May
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RT @adambvary: So this is sickening: The U.S. is denying visas to gay Russians fleeing kidnapping and torture https://t.co/nc2vQiJPwd via @…
17 May
Stephanie Rodham @StephDsays
RT @adambvary: So this is sickening: The U.S. is denying visas to gay Russians fleeing kidnapping and torture https://t.co/nc2vQiJPwd via @…
17 May
Laura Seay @texasinafrica
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
Reza Aslan @rezaaslan
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
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RT @JasonLeopold: US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture https://t.co/TMYJmHwgSC via @jlfeder
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
Daniel Solomon @Dan_E_Solo
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
Jason Leopold @JasonLeopold
US Denies Visas To Gay Russians Fleeing Kidnapping And Torture https://t.co/TMYJmHwgSC via @jlfeder
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
17 May
nancyrubin @nancyrubin
RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
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RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia
17 May
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RT @MiriamElder: 🚨 NEW from @jlfeder: US denying visas to gay men fleeing kidnapping and torture in Chechnya https://t.co/zCrxlTCnia