LGBT activists from the STOP group on Facebook urged on 16 April to hold a manifestation on Wednesday, 19 April near the Russian embassy in Madrid against persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya.
The LGBT activists urged to put off any political disagreements to express a collective disgust, and to demand a mobilization by the whole international community to stop the persecution and extermination of homosexuals in special concentration camps for homosexuals in Chechnya.
For the first time this information was published on 1 April in Novaya Gazeta, which described certain reports by victims of persecution in Chechnya for solely being suspected to have a nontraditional sexual orientation who, according to the authors, “hardly had any chances to survive”.
LGBT activists of the Western countries responded promptly and submitted an application to the authorities for peaceful protests in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, which are expected to gather about 500 participants.
According to a journalist investigation by the Izvestia newspaper published in September 2015, Novaya Gazeta (along with the Caucasian Knot website) received direct support in 2012 from the government of the Netherlands. This is evidenced by a report published on the Dutch government’s official website. The management of the newspaper confirmed that they received this financial support.
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Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency