top of page

Chechen Republic (Chechnya)

Archaeological Map

Country Overview


Targeted Groups
Alert Status
Genocide Stage(s)
  • LGBTQIA+ people

  • Journalists

  • Government critics

  • Government

  • Police and security forces

Stage 8: Persecution, Stage 9 :Extermination, Stage 10: Denial


Chechnya is a Muslim-majority autonomous republic in the south of the Russian Federation. After an aggressive war with Russia and unsuccessful attempt to gain independence in the 1990s, Chechnya has built closer relations with the Kremlin under its current leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who came to power in 2005. Kadyrov's rule has been marked by his thuggish, hypermasculine personna and his brutal, authoritarian practices. Since 2017, the Chechen authorities have led a ruthless crackdown on the LGBTQIA+ community, known globally as a "gay purge." They have rounded up and tortured victims, committed extrajudicial killings, and encouraged families to carry out “honor killings.” Kadyrov has denied both the round-ups and the existence of gay people in the Chechnya. In 2017, a French gay rights groups filed a case at the ICC, accusing Chechnya of "genocide," though the existing Genocide Convention excludes LGBTQI+ people as possible victims. In 2020, the HBO documentary "Welcome to Chechnya" showed the extraodinary efforts of activists helping LGBTQIA+ people flee the republic.

Ethiopia Report Capture.PNG
Read Report
Page last updated:


Screen Shot 2021-08-30 at 9.50.49 AM.png

Ramzan Kadyrov: brutal tyrant, Instagram star | Vox

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 6.57.38 PM.png

Russia: New Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya | HRW

Ethiopia Report Capture.PNG

A Matter Of Life Or Death, HBO’s ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ Exposes The Medieval Persecution Of LGBT People In The Russian Republic | David Alm, Forbes

bottom of page