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Russian human rights activists report about new detention of gays in Chechnya

Two detainees died unable to withstand the tortures
19:29, 14 January 2019

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Russian human rights organization “LGBT-network” stated that 40 representatives of the LGBT community were detained and two died starting from December 2018, as Interfax reported.

“The Russian LGBT-network got to know that the new wave of detention of men and women tied with their supposed or real sexual orientation has begun in Chechnya starting from December 2018. According to the Russian LGBT-network, about 40 persons were detained and at least two persons were killed,” the human rights activists reported.

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Head of the organization Ihor Kochetkov stated that it is the inaccurate number of the detainees and there can be more of them. According to him, the officers of the law enforcement bodies illegally detain people suspected in homosexuality and deter them in Argun city. It is specified that the detainees face the violence and tortures; two of them died.

Alvi Karimov, the spokesperson of Chechnya Head Ramzan Kadyrov, stated that this information does not correspond to the reality.

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“It is a total lie; there is not a grain of truth, any percent of the reality. Any detention on the signs of the sexual orientation could take place in the Chechen Republic,” he said.

“If not forty people but only one person was detained in the Chechen Republic, the whole population would know about it. It is absurdly to talk about two killed persons,” Karimov emphasized.

According to him, the reason for such a statement is the attempt to discredit the Chechen people, as “Chechnya could destroy the international terrorism” and “it strengthens, revives, preserves the spiritual, moral and ethical values”.

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As we reported on September 6, about 5:30 a.m., at Kreshchatyk, the downtown of Kyiv, a group of young people attacked an LGBT person with a knife.

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