Russia report: Trans woman killed after dad seeks her death

Raina Aliev with her husband, Viktor (Photo courtesy of Pink News)
Raina Aliev with her husband, Viktor (Photo courtesy of Pink News)

Raina Aliev, a transgender woman, was reported killed early this month, three days after marrying her husband. The murder reportedly took place after her Muslim father, Alimshaikh Aliev, called for his daughter’s execution on a Russian TV station, referring to Raina Aliev as “him.”

“Let him be killed, I don’t want to see him,” Alimshaikh Aliev said. “Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes.” Raina Aliev moved to Moscow after completing her education. Pink News reported two versions of where she met her husband, Viktor — either in Moscow or in the primarily Muslim Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region.

Her body was reportedly hacked to pieces, leaving her virtually unrecognizable. The specifics of the death and the motivation were under investigation.

(Sources: Equal Eyes and Pink News)

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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