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Date(s) - 06/24/17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah - CBST

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Queer and Chechen: No Place To Hide
Testimony of Russian LGBT Activists Involved in Chechen Rescue

Panel Discussion
Moderated by Masha Gessen

Saturday, June 24, 2PM
CBST, 130 West 30th St, New York

Dozens of men in Russia’s Chechnya region have been held in unlawful detention centers, tortured, and killed as part of a campaign against LGBT people in Chechnya.
Russian LGBT organizations, the most vulnerable and persecuted institutions in Russia, were the first to respond and to start rescue operations to get survivors out of Chechnya.
Please join us to hear the first-hand account of the Russian LGBT activists who have spearheaded the evacuation efforts. The panel discussion will be moderated in Russian by Masha Gessen and with English translation provided by Anatoli Samochornov.
RUSA LGBT and CBST are grateful to all those whose donations make this panel and similar events possible.


Tatiana Vinnichenko, Chairperson of the Board of the Russian LGBT Network (Moscow)
Tatiana is a human rights defender and feminist. She has a doctoral degree in Philology and is a senior lecturer at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

Igor Kochetkov (pending visa), CEO of the Russian LGBT Network
(St. Petersburg)
Igor is a public figure, a human rights defender, and is one of the founders of the Russian LGBT Network. He has a doctoral degree in History. In 2014, Igor Kochetkov was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, he is a member of the St. Petersburg Human Rights Council.

Olga Baranova, Director of Moscow Community Center for LGBT Initiatives (Moscow)
Moscow Community Center organized an emergency shelter for Chechen survivors of torture and arranged medical and psychological help for them.

Nina Long, Project Manager, RUSA LGBT (New York)
RUSA LGBT is a U.S.-based network of Russian-speaking LGBT immigrants and their friends, allies, and loved ones. Formed in 2008, RUSA LGBT has welcomed many LGBTIQ immigrants, including asylum seekers, from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, and other countries of the former Soviet Union.


Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist and author. She is the author of ten books of nonfiction, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, coming from Riverhead in October. She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

The panel is organized by CBST and RUSA LGBT.


Free and open to the public.

In Russian, with English translation provided by interpreter Anatoli Samochornov.