The United States hasn’t granted visas to gay Chechens avoiding persecution, but other countries are stepping up to help.

Germany is allowing gay and bisexual men in Chechnya to have special humanitarian visas, The Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press. According to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, over 100 gay and bisexual men were detained in the Russian republic, subject to persecution.

The first refugee arrived on Tuesday, with four other visa applications currently under review.

Meanwhile, the Russian LGBT Network has been evacuating gay and bisexual men. They have reportedly helped at least 40 Chechens so far.

Chechen leaders, including Ramzan Kadyrov, have denied claims of gay persecutions. A spokesperson for Kadyrov claimed it was not possible for them to be persecuting gays because “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic.”


If you want to help gay men flee Chechnya, you can donate to the Rainbow Railroad at