Chechen Leader Wants Gays 'Eliminated By Start Of Ramadan'

  • Chechen Leader Wants Gays 'Eliminated By Start Of Ramadan'

Chechen Leader Wants Gays 'Eliminated By Start Of Ramadan'

According to a Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, men, suspected of being gay, disappeared overnight in the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has used a meeting with Vladimir Putin to deny reports of an anti-gay purge in the southern Russian republic he runs.

In light of recent reports about Chechnya's anti-gay kidnappings, torture and killings, Reveal revisits stories that expose what it's like to be gay in Russian Federation.

Kadyrov told Putin it was "embarrassing even to speak" about the issue, apparently alluding to the presence of gay men in Chechnya, but assured him that the reports were all lies.

Telling fellow politicians the anti-LGBT campaign is "nothing short of officially sanctioned policy from the Chechen authorities, but the Russian Government, who bear ultimate responsibility for their citizens" safety, appear to be looking the other way, and that is scarcely any better'.

Kadyrov said during his meeting with Putin that it was "unthinkable" that anyone in Chechnya would threaten journalists.

"We need to honour the Canadian values of inclusively and acceptance and being welcoming to people - and make it easier for people who've experienced persecution to claim refuge in safer countries like Canada", said Martha Singh Jennings, who works for Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based charity helping LGBT people escape danger through a global network of safe routes.

"I deplore this act of mass torture and murder, which specifically targets LGBT people".

'President Putin already has a record of persecuting the LGBT communuty and takes a keen eye in Chechnya, ' Doughty said.

"It is just impossible to fake such a situation", Zakharova told the Blade.

Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that up to 100 men have been thrown in secret prisons in Russia's southern region of Chechnya, and that some men have disappeared altogether.

The majority-Muslim region is said to be using 'concentration camps' to force homosexuals to promise to leave the republic.

Trump UN ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the Chechen crackdown, but failed to mention Russian Federation in her statement.

He also accused global organisations of conducting a "massive information attack using the most unworthy methods, reality is distorted, attempts are being made to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs". All of this has been inflicted upon them by the very people sworn to protect them.

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson's deputy, who is gay himself, labelled the reported abuses of gay men as "utterly barbaric" and "despicable" in a strongly worded statement to the Commons.