Journalists at independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta are in grave danger, after they exposed reports of the shocking treatment of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya, a Russian Republic in the North Caucasus. Leading Chechen authorities have since publicly called for the journalists to be punished. The paper has voiced fear for the safety of its staff. Continue reading
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This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, to investigate reports that gay men are being violently persecuted in the Russian region of Chechnya.
The news comes after a petition was started by gay rights activist Igor, in Moscow. Disturbed by reports that gay men were being rounded up, tortured and killed in the region, he started campaigning for the Russian Government to investigate these reports.
So far 351,000 people from around the world have signed the petition. Igor believes the news that Angela Merkel has intervened is a sign public pressure is working. Will you help him to keep up the pressure by supporting his campaign? Continue reading