Gay men are being sent to concentration vamps in Chechnya, the newspaper Novoya Gazeta has reported, after talking to eyewitnesses and people who have been arrested and held at a former military camp on the town of Argun
The newspaper reported that three gay men had been killed there last week and that up to 100 were subjected to electric shock torture.
It is claimed that the men are being forced to promise to leave Chechnya, which is a predominately Muslim country.
A spokesman for President Razman Kadrov, who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin, denied the claims and said: “It’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic.
“If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.’
Russia’s LGBT Network said: “No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being.
“Any references to ‘traditions’ to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.”
Amnesty International has called on the Russian authorities to make all efforts to investigate the claims, and has urged people to joining the charity’s Urgent Action on Chechnya.