The Russian LGBT Network is reporting that Russian police have raided their safe house and arrested two LGBT+ men who escaped from the republic of Chechnya. The two men have been handed over to Chechen authorities and returned to their homeland.
In June last year, the two young men, Salekh Magamadov (20 years old) and Ismail Isayev (17 years old), fled from Chechnya and relocated to the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. They had been arrested and tortured by Chechen special police in April and May 2020 for running an opposition Telegram channel and were later forced to record a video apology.
Their capture by Chechen authorities means they are in severe and immediate danger of further torture and death.
On the same day as Salekh and Ismail were arrested in Russia, US President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all US overseas diplomatic and foreign assistance programs to do more to protect the human rights of LGBT+ people.
Join this call on President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken to live up to this promise and to make an immediate demand to the Russian Government that Salekh and Ismail be released unharmed.
The lives of two young men are at risk for no other reason that they are LGBT+.
Join the call for their release now and share this petition urgently with as many people as you can.