Kadyrov’s spokesman complained about gay attack on Chechnya
Alvi Karimov stated that the authors of the reports about the persecution of homosexuals in the republic "have gone the limit in terms of absence of shame and conscience."
The spokesman for the Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, Alvi Karimov, called reports of the persecution of LGBT people in the republic "informational gay attack" directed against Russia, reports RIA Novosti.
The day before, the UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the tightened violence against members of the LGBT community in Chechnya. The statement says about concerns about reports on arrests of over 40 people due to their sexual orientation since December 2018. According to experts, at least two people died as a result of torture.
Karimov said that the authors of such statements "have gone the limit in terms of absence of shame and conscience." “Sitting in offices in Geneva, Washington and other cities, they quote each other without having any objective and reliable fact,” Kadyrov’s Press Secretary told RIA Novosti.
The official added that “the informational gay attack is a serious and well-planned part of an economic, political, psychological and informational attack directed against Russia.”
“There is not a single case of arrest on these grounds in Chechnya. Law enforcement agencies, human rights activists and journalists, including foreign ones, have repeatedly checked these reports and did not find confirmation of them,” Karimov claimed.
Novaya Gazeta has repeatedly reported about “secret prisons” for gays, as well as torture and murder of LGBT community representatives in Chechnya. The leadership of the republic, in turn, stated that "there are no gays" in Chechnya.