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Russia Is FINALLY Going To Investigate Homosexual Purge In Chechnya

A month after reports about the torture of gay men in Chechnya were first published Russian President Vladimir Putin Russia Is FINALLY Going To Investigate Homosexual Purge In Chechnya
Eleena Tovar | 06 May, 2017, 01:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Russia's human rights ombudsman he will speak with law enforcement officials about the reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.

Russian authorities have routinely denied reports of the persecution, which first surfaced in April when Sir Alan Duncan, a minister at the British Foreign Office, told the United Kingdom parliament that "human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov".

This latest source of information comes amid widespread concern regarding the treatment of gay men in Chechnya, where authorities are reportedly engaging in a "purge" of gay men in the region.

More than 600 demonstrators descended upon the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

The abuse was first reported in April by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which said about 100 suspected gay men were rounded up and tortured, and at least three were killed.

Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Putin to look into the allegations, echoing a similar call from the U.S. State Department last month.