A Chechen warlord, known for brutalising and persecuting LGBTQI people, was killed Saturday, February 26, while fighting in Ukraine.
Magomed Tushayev, one of Ramzan Kadyrov’s top warlords, has been killed in action in Hostomel.
🇺🇦Ukraine’s elite Alpha Group is reportedly fighting Chechens in the airfield. pic.twitter.com/bPHgBPK8sL
— Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko) February 26, 2022
On Saturday a video appeared online of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that Chechen troops have entered Ukraine and bragging about their superiority on the battlefield.
He went on to dismiss Ukrainian reports of Chechen and Russian casualties.
Directed Violence at the LGBT Communities
According to the Los Angeles Blade, Tushayev was involved in the persecuting, rounding up, and torture of LGBTQI people in Chechnya.
One incident includes the kidnapping of an LGBT activist Ibragim Selimkhanov in May 2021. Selimkhanov was abducted from a subway station in Moscow and forcibly taken to Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. In Grozny, he was interrogated by Chechen operatives on his LGBT activist connections before being put on surveillance with his mother. He eventually escaped to Moscow.
Tushayev was Head of the 141st Motorized Regimen of the Chechen National Guard and was Kadyrov’s right-hand man.