Despite Reports, Kremlin Denies Gay Men Are Being Detained, Tortured, and Murdered in Chechnya
The Chief spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the Russian government had not been made aware of the ongoing persecution, detention, and murder of LGBTQI persons in Chechnya, in Russia's Northern Caucus region.
“We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Homophobia is rife in the Republic and the Chechen authoritarian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov (photo, right, with Putin), is known to be fiercely loyal to Putin.
The reports, corroborated by three leading human rights groups and a Russian group allege that the detentions continue and that the men held are undergoing torture and abuse.
BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire told NCRM that the journalist who broke the story, Novaya Gazeta’s Elena Milashina, who is currently in hiding, told her Wednesday: "We know about four secret prisons. Two of them in the capital of Chechnya, Grozny, one of them in Argun – this is the first secret prison we discovered where LGBT people were detained, beaten, tortured and killed."