"Lawyer" gets on with its neighbours, other gay magazines, because you've found your niche, your style, your audience. It publishes articles on social, legal and cultural life of gays and lesbians. The magazine is richly illustrated and extremely informative. However, the magazine has become so immediately. In 1967, when the "Lawyer" has just appeared, he was much more modest in all respects. And his policies were somewhat different.
of course, they can find abroad, but the probability is much less. People try to hide, to become invisible to their society. And this is also a tragedy, because Chechens are much more connected to their society than the Russians, and as a result of brutal persecution Chechen gays are forced to break away from their communities, families, lose a very large part of their identity. From this all what happened to them is doubly hard.
it is now said that international law should recognize the right of such victims not only to investigate and punish the perpetrators, but also to know the truth. This is very important because it allows you to seek justice in a broad sense. And it turns out that the Russian authorities now oppose all this.
The police walk around the houses, relatives are forced to contact the person who left, to persuade him to return back, families are called to the police, forced to sign documents that they have no complaints against the police. Forms of pressure are very different-affect even the neighbors. So people's dependence on their families is a very difficult problem, and the Chechen family is not our family, it is a very wide range of people. It is necessary to break not only physical connection with people with whom you got used to live, but also psychological communication.
For example, one of the applicants wrote to us that when he was released, his relatives locked him in the basement - he sits there, and relatives decide to kill him or not. And men want to kill, and women try to save. It's hard for us to imagine. And even here they continue to love their relatives, are afraid for them, ask them to take out too, but we most often can not do it. The breaking of these strong ties is the huge human tragedy.
We have private donations, Russian and foreign. During the year we have collected about three and a half million rubles - only in Chechnya. There is a legal entity, a special Fund, the money goes into the account, all officially and legally. The second source is the assistance of foreign human rights organizations. In 2017, we managed to take out more than 100 people from Chechnya. It's a lot, and it's expensive.
I can describe what the money is for. This travel, tickets, in the case of special risk people have to take on the machines; this accommodation is to be transported abroad; this is the medical care, despite the fact that no insurance policies, no - people are hiding and don't want their names somewhere recorded. Sometimes people came to us late in the summer, and left in the winter, so you need warm clothes. Sometimes come without documents-so they also need to be restored, and it is also worth a lot. Even if someone has Bank cards, they can not dispose of them-each step can be recorded.
We have had cases when people who came to us, tried to kidnap, finding out that in their name bought a plane ticket or a train, looking for people on phone calls. You have to understand that in this work of the Chechen interior Ministry, so safety measures needs to be serious and they too require resources. A famous case of a young man who left Chechnya before the start of all these events and made a public fireplace-out.
Recently, there was his interview where he tells how he found the alleged Chechen journalists, forced to apologize to Ramzan Kadyrov and to the Chechen people, and it was shown on state television in Grozny. So this is not a private initiative, this is their policy. And the second point: after all, these are living witnesses who can potentially testify - why leave them alive?
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