- Title: Activists call for Moscow to curb anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya
- Date: 8th April 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) OFF-SCREEN PICTURE OF KREMLIN SPOKESMAN, DMITRY PESKOV, IN MEDIA, HEADLINE READING (Russian): 'PESKOV: INFORMATION ABOUT DETENTIONS AND KILLINGS OF GAY PEOPLE IN CHECHNYA IS BEING CHECKED'
- Embargoed: 22nd April 2017 13:12
- Keywords: Russia Chechnya gay LGBT gay rights human rights
- Location: ST PETERSBURG / MOSCOW / GROZNY, RUSSIA
- City: ST PETERSBURG / MOSCOW / GROZNY, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0026BJFCJR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Human rights and LGBT activists recently reported the crackdown on the gay community in Russia's Chechnya region, with scores of people detained and subject to torture.
LGBT network activist, Igor Kochetkov, said at least over 100 people have been kidnapped. Deputy director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Russia, Tanya Lokshina, confirmed this number and added that according to her sources at least three of the detainees had died, while others had been beaten or raped.
According to the media the surge of detentions by the security institutions in the predominantly Muslim republic followed a series of requests for gay-parades sent in March by the LGBT activists to the authorities of several cities in the Caucasus. None of the requests was satisfied, but this information inspired a number of anti-gay protests in the region.
Spokesman for the head of the region, Alvi Karimov, was quoted as saying there was no gay community in the republic, adding that if there were gays in Chechnya 'there would be no problems with them, as the relatives would send them to the destination with no return'.
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