Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Magomed Tushayev; not a Boinero Rolemodel

Like people anywhere, Chechens come in all sorts. There are many Chechens who decided, despite everything, to side with the pro-Kremlin Chechen government of Ramzan Kadyrov. 

Magomed Tushayev, (L) & Ramzan Kadyrov

One of the top warlords and close advisor to Kadyrov,  Magomed Tushayev, was killed while fighting in, and against, Ukraine one week ago. 

Prior to the Ukrainian invasion by Russian forces, Tushayev was directly involved in the campaign of terrorizing the LGBTQ community in Chechnya.

Sources with Russian-based human rights organizations confirmed that Tushayev played an unspecified role as recently as May 2021 when human rights activist and a gay man, Ibragim Selimkhanov, was abducted from a subway station in the Novogireyevo District of the Russian capital of Moscow by four Chechen operatives and flown against his will to the Chechen capital of Grozny.

Selimkhanov was questioned by Chechen security operatives, working for Tushayev, seeking information on human rights activists and independent journalists engaged in assisting LGBTQ people in the North Caucasus region. He later escaped returning to Moscow.

Activists from the Russian LGBT Network pressed the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) of the Russian Ministry of Justice with an official complaint about the kidnapping of Selimkhanov, which in late August 2021, the governmental body refused to take further action.

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