Transgender Woman Brutally Murdered in Russia

Her own father ordered the killing, saying:”Let him be killed, I don’t want to see him. Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes.”

Moscow, Russia — A Transgender woman has been brutally murdered in a muslim neighbourhood, shortly after her wedding, after her father pleaded to kill her on live TV.

Her father, Alimshaikh Aliev, had told a TV station: ‘Let him be killed, I don’t want to see him. Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes.’

Raina and her husband / Twitter

Russia, unlike most countries in Europe and Asia, offers no protections against hate crimes. In fact, unofficially, hate crimes are often encouraged against LGBT, particularly against gay men and transgender women.

While homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in 1999, and transgender women are able to change their gender marker once they’ve had gender reassignment surgery, most russians are against same-gender relationships, homosexuality and gender expression.

According to the ILGA index, Russia is amongst the worst three countries to live in as regards equality and human rights.

Russia Today reports that Raina had reported death threats to the police shortly after her wedding.

According to local news sources, the wedding ‘shocked’ the local muslims.

The Mail Online reports that a female neighbour said the victim’s father ‘had a stroke’ when he discovered about the sex change and wedding and issued a ‘purman’, inviting people to kill Raina.

‘He cheated them, he went there to Moscow, had surgery and he turned from a boy to a girl,’ said the neighbour.

‘And now in Chechnya it is known too. His mother is saying “I don’t want to see him, I gave birth to a son, but what for? It is such a disgrace for the family”.

‘If the mother and father give a purman, it means they want him to be killed.’

Raina in her wedding day / Reuters

“It is totally forbidden in Islam. Changing sex is a protest against Allah.” she added.

“Such surgery can be performed only in one case: when a person was born as a hermaphrodite [sic] and must decided [sic] what sex he [sic] wants to belong. If a person changed his [sic] sex for another reason, he [sic] is damned, along with the surgeon who performed it.”

Raina had recently written to a friend, complaining about how badly she was treated by her biological family, saying that she had helped them financially many times, but once they learned about her surgery, far from supporting her, they had betrayed her.

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