The Russian newspaper that first broke the story of the detention, abuse, and killings of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Russian subject, has published the names of 27 men believed to have been executed on January 26 in Grozny.
Novaya Gazeta said that it decided to publish the names of the deceased due to concerns that the investigation is not being carried out with sincerity, as police continue to deny the situation despite countless reports to the contrary. The hope is that releasing the names will further prod officials into action to stop the purge.
The Russian LGBT Network, which has been working to get gay and bisexual men in Chechnya out of the region, told International Business Times that not all of those on the list are gay.
“As far as we know, the information in the Novaya Gazeta regarding 27 people being killed is true,” a representative with the group said. “With regards to the sexual orientation of those killed, as far as we know there are homosexual people in this list, but not all of them at all.”
Novaya Gazeta has been reporting on abuses and killings in Chechnya for years, and started reporting on the abuses of gay and bisexual men in April.
Men are said to be abducted and beaten, often electrocuted, and mocked, as well as forced to hand over the names and numbers of other gay and bi men. Some have reportedly been returned to their families, who have been told they should murder their family member in a so-called “honor killing.”
Chechen officials continue to deny the detentions, abuses, and killings have taken place. While it appears the arrests may have ceased momentarily, they are now reportedly going forward with them once again.
The bodies of these men are said to have been buried in “hastily dug graves,” and the information has not only been published but also passed along to Russian officials in hopes of their searching for the graves and exhuming the bodies to determine if the reports are accurate.
The names of the men follows:
Abdulmezhidov Adam Isaevich, born May 27, 1987
Abumuslimov Apti Hasanovic, born June 2, 1989
Abdulkerimov Side Ramzan Ramzanovich, born March 25, 1990
Alimhanov Islam Aliev, born July 6, 1998
Abubakarov Adam Dzhabrailovich, born May 5, 1995
Bergan Ismail Shadidovich born August 19, 1998
Dasaev Adam Ilyasovich, born June 16, 1988
Dzhabayev Zelimhan Hizirovich, born December 18, 1993
Ilyasov Adam Huseynovich, born September 22, 1997
Lugano Rizwan Saeed-Hamzatovich, born September 13, 1987
Malikov Rizwan Agdanovich, born January 6, 1990
Musk ICYE Turpalovich, born July 19, 1988
Muskhanov Temirlan Ahmadovich, born April 28, 1986
Ozdiev Usman Vahaevich, born December 24, 1989
Rashidov Doc Ibrahimovic, born May 30, 1995
Siriev Magomed Musaevich, born February 23, 1993
Soltahmanov Ismail Ezer-Aliyev, born March 30, 1994
Suleymanov Magomed Arbievich, born January 3, 1987
Tuchaev Ahmed Ramzanovich, born February 23, 1987
Habu Khamzat Slaudinovich born February 14, 1993
Khakimov Alvi Aslambekovich, born November 16, 1992
Hamidov Shamil Ahmedovich, born November 14, 1986
Tsikmaev Sultanovich Ayoub, born April 2, 1984
Shapiev Muslim Isaevich, born November 28, 1989
Eskarbiev Sayhan Vahamsoltovich, born May 23, 1992
Yusupov Sahab Marshak, born January 19, 1990
Yusupov Shamhan Shayhovich, born June 17, 1988
Vice News recently went Chechnya to look at the prisons where men say they were held captive and tortured. You can watch their report below.