Russian police detained a gay Chechen refugee upon his arrival in Moscow, raising fears that he may be imprisoned and tortured by security officers in his home region.
Idris Arsamikov, 28, is believed to have been taken to Chechnya, the conservative, majority-Muslim region, hours after landing at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to attend his father’s funeral.
It is believed that Chechen authorities may have prepared charges of large-scale fraud against Idris. It noted that similar cases are regularly opened against Chechen activists who are seen as disloyal to local authorities.
Idris flee Chechnya in 2018 and settle in the Netherlands after Chechen security forces electrocuted him in a basement for having a same-sex relationship.
Chechnya's strongman leader and Putin's personal friend, Ramzan Kadyrov, who is under multiple international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses, has for years maintained that “no gays” live in his region. Credible reports have documented cases of what came to be known as a "gay purge" in Chechnya.