To: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Gay men are still being hunted, locked up, tortured, and murdered by state authorities in Chechnya, Russia – but you can help stop it.

Tell President Putin to immediately investigate these atrocious crimes and to bring to justice all those responsible.

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Update - 2 May 2017: The world's most powerful woman did it. Angela Merkel urged President Putin today to stop the attacks against gay men in Chechnya.

27,755 All Out members asked the German Chancellor to raise the issue during her visit to Russia. This weekend, our amazing partners organised a protest in front of the chancellery in Berlin, getting media attention on the issue. And, earlier today, they took our signatures straight to Angela Merkel's office in the German capital.

Photo: Protest in front of the chancellery in Berlin. © Avaaz / Paul Wagner

If we dial up the pressure, we can push Russian authorities to truly investigate these atrocious crimes and bring to justice all those responsible.

More than 98,000 of us have signed the petition to the Russian authorities. Can you sign – or if you already did, share it with your friends and family – and help us get to 100,000?


All Out is also running an emergency fundraiser to help the Russian LGBT Network evacuate and support gay men at risk of being captured and tortured in Chechnya. You can make a donation here.

Gay men are still being hunted, tortured, and murdered by authorities in Chechnya, Russia.

Next week, Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Russia. Merkel has huge power and influence. She also has a great track record of calling out world leaders when they violate human rights.

Our partners in Russia tell us that the international public outcry has already helped. Now, let’s get the most powerful woman in the world to tell Putin that the killing and torture must end!

Published on April 23, 2017.

This campaign is being run in conjunction with the Russian LGBT NetworkCampaign against Homophobia - GermanyQuarteera, and ENOUGH is ENOUGH! OPEN YOUR MOUTH!

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