Update On Chechnya: The Good, The Bad And The Banned - Raymond Helkio - MyGayToronto
Update On Chechnya: The Good, The Bad & The Banned 22 December 2017.
Remember Elena Milashina, the journalist who broke the story of the horrible homophobic purge in Chechnya? She's just been honoured by Harvard for integrity in journalism. Her original news story exposed the targeted round-up of over 100 gay men who were detained and horrifically abused in a concentration camp for being suspected of being gay. While their government continues to deny the existence of at least four known concentration camps, they readily admit to their intolerance towards gays, going so far as to actively sanction civilian killings of gay men.
Milashina previously told Pink News that reaction to the story happened "in a terrifying manner… in the biggest mosque in Grozny, 15,000 people came together and declared a Jihad on us… not just me personally, but all journalists at Novaya Gazeta" ultimately forcing her into hiding.
Almost a year later, Chechnyain leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the dink who is responsible for the purge of gay men has been banned from entering the United States as of this week (December 20, 2017). Canada joined international sanctions against Russia because the annexing of Crimea but since then we have yet to name and impose sanctions against Ramadan Kadyrov.