He also told Moskalkova, whom me met in Augustthat before his captors released him, he was forced to leave his fingerprints on a handgun and was threatened with retribution if he appealed to authorities. Embed share The code has been copied to your clipboard. That's how I came to Russia. They wrapped my head with Scotch tape, leaving only a slot to breathe through. Visit our adblocking instructions page. He says he made his way to Morocco and tried to flee to Spain by boat, and that he was rescued after the vessel capsized.
Lapunov himself has said that he received threatening calls in the months after he left Chechnya.
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At one point in the conversation, the officer, who said she herself hailed from the applicant's Central Asian homeland, switched to the man's native language to express her disapproval of the man's sexual orientation. Lokshina said that while the "big purge" of gay men in Chechnya appears to have been suspended, the international outcry and inflammatory antigay rhetoric by top Chechen officials in response have heightened the risks for sexual minorities in the region. It also said that the couple would face a fine for defacing their passports — a charge the men have denied. It is holding people without charge in an infamous prison where gay men have previously said they were tortured, local residents told activists. They beat my legs and arms," Lapunov told the Moscow news conference one year ago this week. Investigators say they failed to find facilities in Grozny matching Lapunov's description of the place he was allegedly held captive, according to the court ruling.
In the fall ofLapunov spent three weeks in the southern Russian city of Yessentuki, where investigators with the North Caucasus branch of the federal Investigative Committee were examining his claims as part of a preliminary probe, Smirnov said. No media source currently available. So I got a second visa. Lapunov's lawyers told the Yessentuki court that there are "well-founded" doubts about the authenticity of the declaration attributed to him, though the court ultimately upheld the investigators' decision not to open a criminal case based on his abuse claims. But while Lapunov did wait six months to take his story public, privately he told people close to him shortly after leaving Chechnya that he had been brutally beaten by police while in captivity in Grozny. Putin and other officials deny that Russia discriminates against sexual minorities and have said the so-called "gay-propaganda" law enacted in is merely aimed at protecting children.