Monday, January 14, 2019

Chechnya: 40 detained 2 killed in gay purge

Ramzan Kadyrov
This charming fellow is Ramzan Kadyrov, the thug who is president of Chechnya. Kadyrov continues to deny that his country systematically detains, tortures and kills gay men.
Image via Caucasian Knot
President Donald Trump is unlikely to comment on human rights abuses in Chechnya, a federal republic of Russia. However activists claim that a new crackdown has caused at least two deaths and left dozens detained in the predominantly Muslim country.

You will recall that, in 2017 about 100 men were imprisoned and tortured resulting in some being killed. Authorities in Chechnya denied that it ever happened.

Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, said on Monday that the reports of new purge are “complete lies and don’t have an ounce of truth in them.” Karimov insisted that no one has been detained in Chechnya on suspicion of being gay.

The AP reports:

“Widespread detentions, torture and killings of gay people have resumed in Chechnya,” Igor Kochetkov, program director at the Russian LGBT Network said. “Persecution of men and women suspected of being gay never stopped. It’s only that its scale has been changing.”

Kochetkov said the new wave of persecution started at the end of the year when Chechen authorities detained the administrator of a social media group popular with LGBT people in the North Caucasus. Kochetkov said the mass detentions began after the authorities got hold of contacts on his phone.

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