From The Washington Blade: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2017/04/04/report-chechnya-authorities-arrest-100-gay-men/
by Maximilian Sycamore April 4, 2017
Russian newspaper is reporting there has been a “prophylactic sweep” of
men “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or
suspicion of such” by authorities in Chechnya.
Novaya Gazeta on Saturday reported
more than 100 men in the semi-autonomous Russian republic have been
arrested. At least three of these arrests have reportedly resulted in
“What is happening to gay men in Chechnya is a horrific
violation of human rights and the rule of law,” said Human Rights
First’s Shawn Gaylord in a statement.
He added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should “publicly condemn these actions.”
United States cannot stand idly by while innocent people are being
rounded up, detained, and murdered by authorities,” said Gaylord.
The Washington Blade has reached out to the State Department for comment.
Peskov, a spokesperson for the Russian government, said “the Kremlin
knows” about the situation, but “it is a question of law enforcement
“It is not the Kremlin’s agenda,” he said.
The Chechen government appears to have taken a similar stance on the situation.
impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic,” said Ali
Karimov, a spokesman for Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, in a
statement to RIA Novosti, a Russian government news agency.
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