The Chechnyan police have arrested over 100 gay men, and three of them have been killed. A well-respected Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazetta, has reported that the authorities in Chechnya have been posing as gay men on various Russian gay social networking sites in order to entice men, and then they proceed to detain these people and have even committed murder. Chechnya, a republic of Russia, has outlawed homosexuality and its Muslim dominant population is quite anti-LGBT as well.
Gay men are being arrested “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” say reports. “In Chechnya, the command was given for a ‘prophylactic sweep’ and it went as far as real murders.”
A spokesperson for the Chechnyan leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denied these allegations because apparently there are no gay men in the Checknyan Republic. Ali Karimov 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.”
This is, unfortunately, just another notch on Kadyrov’s belt as he has been accused of many additional human rights violations.