“A vile provocation!” - Chechen Ombudsman on homophobic sweeps

“A vile provocation!” - Chechen Ombudsman on homophobic sweeps
Human rights Ombudsman in the Chechen Republic Nurdi Nukhazhiev

Nurdi Nukhazhiev called on the author of the publication on mass detentions of gays in Chechnya to convey the information to law enforcement agencies.⁠

Human rights Ombudsman in the Chechen Republic Nurdi Nukhazhiev called the reports of mass detentions of homosexuals "complete delusions and an attempt to initiate a scandal defaming Chechen society." According to the Ombudsman, the gay community needed to raise a lot of hype "so that their patrons hear about it."

In addition, Nukhazhiev supported spokesman for the Head of Chechnya Alvi Karimov in that "it is impossible to pursue those who are simply not exist in the Republic."

Let's remind that last Saturday Novaya Gazeta reported on mass clean-up of suspected in same sex relationship began in Chechnya, as a result of which more than 100 people were detained and 3 were killed.

Nurdi Nukhazhiev called outrageous that unverified information is served as a fait accompli.

"You need to operate not with words, but with facts. And if the author knows Chechen men with homosexual orientation, then let her give the available information to law enforcement bodies. I have no doubt that for such an offence they or their relatives will find the author himself and call her to account for such a humiliating insult," Nurdi Nukhazhiev said.

Note that on the eve press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that law enforcement agencies would check information about the attacks and killings of gays in Chechnya. He also added that those citizens who believe that their rights have been violated could file complaints and go to court.⁠

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