A Victim of the anti-gay purge in Chechnya speaks out

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It was just after lunchtime on the day Amin Dzhabrailov was taken. A woman who was about to get married had come to the salon in the Chechen capital of Grozny where he worked, and the two were happily chatting as he colored her hair. Then, he recalls, three men in uniform barged in, asking for him by name. Soon, Dzhabrailov was being hauled outside, handcuffed and thrust into the back of a car. It was hot. He felt like he couldn’t breathe. As the car took off, “my heart stopped,” he says.

Though the three men didn’t explain why they had come, it soon became clear, as they took Dzhabrailov’s phone, demanded his password and started scouring the device for messages and photos that would prove he was guilty of something considered deeply shameful in the conservative, predominantly Muslim republic: being gay. Dzhabrailov doesn’t recall how long the car ride lasted, but he does recall his overriding fear. “The door is going to open,” the 27-year-old tells TIME, “and I’m going to die.”

Dzhabrailov is one of at least dozens of men who were detained and tortured in an anti-gay “purge” that took place in Chechnya in 2017, according to news reportshuman rights organizations and European agencies. He is also one of the first to go on the record about his experience and reveal his identity in the media, though he fears retaliation against himself and his family.

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  1. Gay or straight in these “formerly” communist countries is irrelevant. If you speak out against the status quo on any subject, your life will be in danger.

  2. Muslims behaving badly … again … still. It’s not xenophobia when they really are barbarians.

  3. We’re ready to colonize other planets and we’re still being ruled by sky fairies, sacrificing other human beings to invisible magical beings with moral rules we don’t even pretend to understand and ignoring scientifically proven laws of nature that any fool can understand if they want to.

    1. You might be right, but if you’re not, it’s because you make the fundamental error all atheists make – of considering the Supernatural within the confines and limitations of the Natural. The laws and theories of our Natural sciences and the proofs of our philosophies are irrelevant and inapplicable to the Supernatural.

      Isaiah 55:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
      “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
      neither are your ways my ways,”
      declares the Lord.
      “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so are my ways higher than your ways
      and my thoughts than your thoughts.

      God will not fit into any box our minds can conceive of, and His existence is not to be verified or doubted based on anything our pathetic minds can contrive. However, do not despair:

      Psalm 46:10 King James Version (KJV)
      “Be still, and know that I am God;
      I will be exalted among the heathen,
      I will be exalted in the earth.”

      1. Well, I am with Bob on this one, religions should be repenting for the harm they’ve done to humanity. And Horselips, “supernatural” always stands for conspiracy theories such as gods or aliens on Earth. All historical “supernatural” stuff has been explained already, or is still unexplained or unproven as of now, but it’s not “supernatural”.

        People can write any number of holy books and pretend for thousands of years that it’s their gods speaking, it does not make it so, just a bigger lie. Believe in them by all means, just don’t go around trying to convince anyone there’s anything true behind it.

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