Chechnya president again denies gay arrests

Geneva Matthews
April 25, 2017

"I also support Amnesty lnternational's call for action and an immediate investigation into this reported purge of LGBT people in Chechnya".

He is now hiding out in a small house on the edge of Moscow with five other Chechens after they escaped what they say is a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in the Muslim region of Russia's North Caucasus. We partnered with gay Russian men from the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association because who better to share these accounts than those who have fled similar persecution. "They treated us like animals", said a man who spent a week in an unofficial detention facility.

PinkNews has spoken to the Foreign Office, who verified that President Kadyrov had made the threat in local Russian language media, seen by the United Kingdom government.

Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, told the Times that the reports could not be true because gay people do not exist in the region.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to back up reports by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic in southern Russian Federation rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them were killed.

Kadyrov's sinister plans were revealed during an alarming report from Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, concerning the anti-gay purge now taking place in Chechnya.

The Times spoke with a survivor in his 20s calling himself Maksim said agents used a friend to lure him to an apartment where others rounded up by the same ruse were also held. "He took pity on me and told me to run, to leave Chechnya and to never come back", he said.

Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian LGBT Network told the Blade on Thursday in an email that her organization has "already evacuated people" from Chechnya "who witnessed kidnappings, torture and killings". "It was unbearably painful; I was hanging on with my last strength", he added. It says at least three of them were killed.

Vladimir Putin's government did something similar a few years back, when it used neo-Nazi gangs to kidnap and torture gay men. "Now [the aim] is the extermination of gay men, so that there are none left in the republic". Not only was it emphasized by the reporter who broke the story of gay men being taken, brutalized, and murdered, that these things are still happening.

In a statement released on April 15, Freeland said the federal government is committed to combatting discrimination and violence impacting the community around the world.

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