Chechnya’s ‘Gay Purge’ Victim Speaks out over Torture Ordeal
Six months after reports emerged that gay men were being detained illegally and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, a young man has spoken publicly for the first time about his ordeal.
Maxim Lapunov has described being held for 12 days in a blood-soaked cell, beaten with sticks, threatened and humiliated by police.
But despite reporting what he endured to the authorities, his lawyer says no proper investigation has been conducted.
Mr Lapunov, who is 30 and from Siberia, had been working and living in Chechnya for two years when he alleges he was grabbed and dragged into a car one night in March by two men he didn’t know.
At a police facility he was interrogated, forced to name another man and beaten.
“They burst in every 10 or 15 minutes shouting that I was gay and they would kill me,” he recalled, speaking at a small gathering in Moscow convened by human rights activists.
“Then they beat me with a stick for a long time: in the legs, ribs, buttocks and back. When I started to fall, they pulled me up and carried on,” he said quietly.
“Every day they assured me they would kill me, and told me how.”
Another victim is a famous Russian singer, Zelimkhan Bakayev, 26, who is believed to have been detained as part of Chechnya’s ‘gay purge’.
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