To: Russian Authorities

In August 2017, young singer Zelim Bakaev disappeared in Chechnya.

There are clear indications that he is one of the victims of the atrocious anti-gay purge in Chechnya, where authorities have been kidnapping, torturing, and murdering men they believe to be gay or bisexual.

We demand a thorough investigation into Zelim's disappearance and that justice is delivered to him and all other men persecuted in Chechnya.

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UPDATE – 21 February 2018: We asked All Out members to join a global protest demanding #JusticeForZelim. Click here to see the great pictures we received from all over the world.


Zelim Bakaev is a young pop singer from Chechnya, Russia. Last August, he travelled home for his sister's wedding. He was reportedly dragged into a car by security officials – and hasn't been seen since.

There are indications that Zelim is one of the victims of the ongoing anti-gay purge in Chechnya. Russian authorities promised to investigate, but have taken no concrete action.

The Russian LGBT Network is leading the efforts to evacuate people in risk out of Chechnya. On the anniversary of Zelim's disappearance, they are teaming up with All Out to launch a global campaign demanding that Russian authorities investigate this case. 

Add your name and demand #JusticeForZelim.

This campaign is being run in conjunction with the Russian LGBT Network.

Published: 8 January 2018

This is a campaign of the All Out Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.