Russia begins investigation into abduction, torture, and massacre of gay men in Chechnya
- Government officials reportedly launched an investigation as international pressure increased following reports from human rights organizations about the rounding up of gay men into camps.
- Gay Chechens have allegedly been held in extrajudicial detention and subjected to physical and psychological abuse including beatings, electroshock torture, outing to family, and murder.
- President Vladimir Putin was reportedly briefed by the country’s human rights ombudswoman and is set up for a showdown with Ramzan Kadyrov, the authoritarian leader of the republic.
“Russia investigates ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya” (The Guardian | May 2017)
“Chechnya’s anti-gay pogrom: Too much even for the Kremlin?” (The Christian Science Monitor | May 2017)
“‘They Have Long Arms and They Can Find Me’” (Human Rights Watch | May 2017)
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Scores of gay men reportedly sent to concentration camps in Chechnya
- According to reports from human rights organizations, more than 100 men have been imprisoned in camps the Russian republic of Chechnya where they have been tortured.
- The abducted men have ranged in age from 16 to 50, some having been lured via social media and with three among them having reportedly been killed.
- The abductions began as an LGBT advocacy group began applying for permits to hold parades in provincial cities around the country, although the group avoided applications in much of the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region given the volatile climate.
“Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says” (The New York Times | April 2017)
“Chechen police ‘have rounded up more than 100 suspected gay men’” (The Guardian | April 2017)
“More than 100 gay men ‘sent to prison camps’ in Chechnya” (The Independent | April 2017)
(Image Credit: Musa Sadulayev/AP, via The Guardian)