Chechen Leader Denies Anti-Gay Purge in Putin Meeting

Deputy foreign secretary condemns 'utterly barbaric' abuse of gay men in Chechnya

Now, according to the British government, Chechnya's president, Ramzan Kadyrov, plans to eliminate the LGBTQ community by the start of Ramadan, May 26 this year.

Produced by Human Rights First, the clip features personal accounts of Chechen men who claim to have been abused at the hands of local officials in the Russian republic.

LGBT activists in Russia have called on people of all faiths and none to speak out against anti-gay persecution in the country - but said that they did not expect a reaction from the "homophobic" Russian Orthodox Church. Police and government officials have also encouraged so-called "honor killings" by outing gay men to their families.

Organiser Derbhla Mealy said in a statement: "The religious and socially conservative region of Chechnya is attempting to purge its society of gay men and Russian Federation is so far turning a blind eye and allowing it to happen".

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. He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community.

A PROTEST TOOK place outside the Russian embassy in Dublin this evening, to demonstrate against the anti-gay violence taking place in the region of Chechnya.




After starting in the village, the protestors moved to the former site of the Russian Embassy at the corner of Bloor and Church Streets - a request from the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization which aims to protect the rights of LGBT people in Russia.

Journalists at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper who broke the story, which included reporting on the deaths of two gay men in Chechnya, said they have received threats.

During a Wednesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kadyrov said there was no reason to believe any "provocative" reports about the anti-gay purge.

As reports of the campaign spread, the United Nations and other global organisations and governments - including the Trump administration - condemned the campaign. When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend but by agents who beat him. "I borrowed the money and paid it", he said. "It was unbearably painful; I was hanging on with my last strength", he added. Novaya Gazeta has also reported that at least three of the men who were arrested later died.

"We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation", said Haley in her statement.

Reports of persecution against gays in Chechnya has drawn ire from the worldwide community.

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