Police in Chechnya are reportedly telling parents to kill their gay children – or they will.
The claim has been made by a gay man, one of more than 100 men who have been imprisoned in one of the country’s gay concentration camps.
Many of the men there have been tortured for being gay.
It is believed at least four gay men have been killed.
A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s president, denied the claims, and said that there were no gay people in Chechnya.
“You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic,” he told the Interfax news agency.
“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.”
A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin has supported Chechnya’s denials, despite German chancellor Angela Merkel raising the issue with Putin at a joint press conference in Sochi.