Novaya Gazeta: “They Were Executed”
- Journalist Yelena Milashina, who covers Chechnya for Novaya Gazeta, reports on the recently revealed secret executions of gay people under the rule of Ramzan Kadyrov.
- On January 26, 2017, tens of people were shot dead in Grozny. It happened in secret and without warning. Novaya Gazeta published the names of the 27 known to have died (the list is not complete).
- In early April, Novaya Gazeta reported on the mass persecution and attempted murder of gay people in Chechnya. The newspaper informed investigators of its findings, along with anonymous testimonies from survivors who were imprisoned and tortured.
- Soon thereafter, however, Igor Sobol, deputy head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, who tried to meet with victims in order to encourage them to submit testimonies, was unexpectedly appointed to a new position after only two weeks of investigating the case, disrupting the procedure. If there are no victims and no investigator, there was no crime. This silence is the Chechen authorities’ main defense.
- Novaya Gazeta decided to go public with the list of victims, which includes both homosexuals and other Chechen citizens detained without charge since December 2016. The publication asserts that these people were executed on official orders.
- The author believes that rather than being killed for being gay, the people on this new were executed on suspicion of extremism (though there are, of course, no legal records)
- Based on her own investigation, the author concluded that after 17 December 2016, the Chechen authorities began detaining people as part of a special operation. Victims were not charged, but simply put in underground prisons.
- 200 people had been detained by January 2017, and were arrested six weeks later on charges of illegal arms dealing and participating in illegal armed organizations. During this six-week-long illegal detention, the authorities obtained forced confessions. Some of those detained were killed.
- On the night of January 26, 2017, 27 people were killed. The victims were shot and buried in hastily dug graves.
- Novaya Gazeta insists that this information ought to be followed up by the Russian authorities. However, the Russian state is as unconcerned by these crimes as it was by the murder of Boris Nemtsov, for which reason the paper has released the list of victims.
Новая газета, Это была казнь. В ночь на 26 января в Грозном расстреляли десятки людей, Елена Милашина, 10 июля 2017 г.
ABC News–Jul 20, 2017
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