According to independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, up to 100 men suspected of being gay have been abducted as part of a coordinated campaign. It claims the men have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated, and three are reported to have been killed by their captors – but there could be more.
We need you to urge the Russian and Chechen authorities to investigate these abductions and bring those responsible to justice.
Far from taking responsibility, the Chechen authorities deny that gay men even exist in Chechnya.
‘You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,’Kadyrov spokesman Alvi Karimov told Interfax. ‘If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn’t need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning.’