2 LGBT+ men kidnapped and taken to Chechnya

Police detained Saleh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev from their apartment in Nizhny Novgorod and are currently being driven back to Chechnya.


It is said that the 17 and 20 year old young men were taking refuge in the Russian city of Novgorod after being tortured by Chechen special police in April of 2020, said their lawyer.

In June 2020, the Russian LGBT Network helped Magomadov and Isayev to flee the Chechen Republic to Nizhniy Novgorod. According to the statement collected by the attorney from Magomadov and Isayev, both of them were detained in April 2020 in the Special Patrol Regiment #6 named after Akhman-Khadji Kadyrov. Their detention in Spring was related to their participation as discussion moderators in the telegram-based opposition channel Osal Nakh 95. After being detained and tortured, Magamadov and Isayev were forced to record the notorious "apologies videos'' published online. Both young men seem to be visibly beaten and unwell.

Saleh and Ismail supposedly ran an opposition telegram, where they were forced to make a video apology.

Chechnya is notoriously hostile to the LGBT+ community, from society and on governmental and bureaucratic levels. Leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies that LGBT+ people exist in Chechnya.

Saleh and Ismail were being helped by the Russian LGBT Network who have a more detailed account of the event.

Today, February 4, 2021, law enforcement officials detained Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev in their apartment in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Around 3 pm, one of the men called David Isteev, Emergency Assistance Coordinator of the Russian LGBT Network, Isteev heard screaming in the background. Attorney-at-law, Alexander Nemov, arrived at the spot 30 minutes later; he found traces of debacle on site.

Update (8th February 2021)

The Russian LGBT Network have said that the Chechen police are hiding Saleh and Ismail.

They have supposedly refused support from lawyers, but this is likely to have happened under torture or blackmail.