Disturbing stories are emerging from Chechnya about homosexual men being abducted, beaten and tortured.
Human rights campaigners claim that the Chechen Republic has “camps” where gay men are being sent and held. Allegations of electrocution, beatings and other torture were also reported by independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Last week, it was reported that at least 3 men had died in what Russian newspaper and human rights campaigners described as a “prophylactic sweep”.
At the time, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s spokesperson Alvi Karimov denied the allegations and claimed that homosexuals do not exist in Chechnya.
Accusers believe that the men are being held in the town of Argun, with up to 100 detainees split into rooms containing 30-40 men at a time.
The Russian LGBT network has set up a hotline to to assist people who are in need of help. Svetlana Zakharova, a spokesperson for the organization, says they are “working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region.”
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