Singer Believed To Have Been Murdered In Chechnya's 'Anti-Gay Purge,' According To Report

A popular Chechen singer "reportedly arrested as part of Chechnya’s anti-gay crackdown was murdered," a source tells NewNowNext.

Igor Kochetkov, founder of the Russian LGBT Network, linked Zelimkhan Bakayev's disappearance to the campaign during a Moscow press conference on October 16.

Bakayev, whose family says he was last seen on August 8 in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, appears to have been swept up in a fresh wave of a crackdown in the region on gay men and those suspected of being gay, Kochetkov said.

Reports of the roundups have alarmed Western officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who raised the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year. Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has called the reports "lies."

"At the end of August, we received confirmation of our earlier presumption that Bakayev was detained by Chechen authorities due to suspicion of homosexuality," Kochetkov told the news conference.

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The source also alleges that Bakaev, 26, was tortured to death stating that, “He arrived in Grozny and was picked up by police within three hours. Within ten hours, he was murdered.”

Late last month, a video of a man who claimed to be Bakaev surfaced on the internet. Rights activists, however, believe the video to be fake.

With heavy hearts we share this news. Our thoughts go out to Zelimkhan Bakayev's loved ones.

 

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I wonder which family member sold him out.  You unfortunately can't trust straight people, even your own family members.

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How about a go fund to help the gays leave all their ex-Soviet Block countries and resettle in those countries where they will not be subject to harassment, torture, and death. Oh ya, such a place does not exist yet. America under it's new President is revoking all the protections gained under the past few previous Presidents.

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No, the fund, if anything, should be to help gays leave Muslim-majority countries and places like Chechnya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan, the Sudan, Qatar.....But you're not making sense because you call the President "Islamophobic" as if that's a bad thing. 

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I'm sick of gays reading reports like this and still being dumb or self-hating enough to excuse Hillary Clinton grandly stating, "Islam is not our enemy...!!!" during the debates. 

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What an ignorant comment you made. That assumes that all Muslims are horrible. I suppose you think all gays are paedophiles, all transgendered are confused, and all Mexicans are illegal immigrants. Way to enforce a stereotype, you ignorant asshat.

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It wasn't ignorant at all. Every Muslim country (or even territory with a Muslim majority) becomes a homophobic nightmare for gays. Every single one. Wise up before it's too late. 

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It is time for all of us to rise up and make this and all the related homophobic bullying, arrests, attacks, torture and murders an issue that can no longer be ignored by every country on the planet.  Sympathetic remarks by world leaders are not enough.  Discriminatory statements by American politicians should be reported repeatedly in the press and social media.  And religious organizations should be held accountable for their hateful beliefs.  

The world's population has reached 7.6 billion.  Even if we are only 1% of that number, we are enough to make a change, but only if we intensify our efforts.    

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So you're finally admitting something IS wrong with the Muslim world in regards to homophobia ? Because that's what this comes down to, in spite of gays trying to hide from it. 

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No more islam; no more religion. Religion kills, destroys, makes monsters.

Let's hope he's safe and sound.

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He's not safe..read the above he was tortured then murdered. 

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Let's start a GoFundMe  page so the gays  can buy guns so they can defend themselves. 

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Gee, European leaders are "alarmed" at these reports?  But notice that nobody cares enough about gay people being tortured and killed to actually do something about it.

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gee, just like here...

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