Putin supports plan to investigate reported abuse of gays

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has called reports on the region's alleged persecution of gay men a

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a key ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, has allegedly vowed to eliminate the gay community by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 26.

"The authorities said to them: 'Your son is a homosexual - sort it out or we'll do it ourselves, '" the survivor told the France 24 television station.

HRC has worked with the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and our membership to raise up our voices to send a clear message that we have our #EyesOnChechnya and that the human rights violations must stop.

In March, independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported on the mass detention of over one hundred men "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such". "They kill people, they do whatever they want".

On Friday, Putin said he would personally ask the prosecutor general and interior minister to help Kremlin rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova check the reported abuse, the BBC reported.




Chechen officials vehemently deny not only the reported torture of gays, but sometimes their very existence.

Speaking about the recent round of arrests in Chechnya, Mr Duncan told Parliament: 'One of the most disgusting things I have seen is a Chechen security source stating that these arrests are part of what he called a preventative clean-up'.

Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya.

Survivors have also told journalists and human rights organizations that the people kidnapping and torturing them were police officers - meaning reports of abuse would be submitted to the same authorities that perpetrated it.

More than 600 demonstrators descended upon the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. In 2013, parliament passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18, sparking worldwide controversy.

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