On the 18th of August the screening of the movie 'Welcome to Chechnya' was held at Panora in Malmö, Sweden. Following the screening, a panel discussion [Read more: On LBTQIA+ issues and harassment] was held on the topic of LGBTQIA+ rights, refugee and asylum rights [Read more: On the process of asylum] as well as how to engage in LGBTQIA+ issues.
The movie follows a group of activists risking their lives in confronting the ongoing anti-LGBTQIA+ raging in the region of Chechnya that has been very present in the region since 2017.
Olga Baranova, a Russian activist part of the movie risking her life in helping those fleeing Chechnya.
Stefan Ingvarsson, former cultural attaché in Moscow between 2015- 2020. Stefan currently works at Swedish PEN.
Inna Bukshtynovich is part of the Civil Rights Defenders team. She has been following the developments in Chechnya for nearly ten years. During these years she has maintained in close contact with activists on the ground and visiting the region.
The panel discussion was moderated by Zuzana Zalanova, Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute's Europe Office. Zuzana oversees the Raoul Wallenberg Institute's programmatic engagement on human rights issues in wider Europe.