Human Rights Ombudsman Office to check reports on crimes against gays in Chechnya
The Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia plans to send criminal investigators to Chechnya to check the information on the persecution of homosexual people in the Republic.
This was reported by Tatyana Moskalkova herself on the air of the Rossiya24 TV channel.
Moskalkova noted that later she plans to go to Chechnya, when she will have any specific data.
"I will go as soon as I form a documents' package that is necessary for a dialogue with the authorities," said the Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia, noting that the responses of the Chechen law enforcement agencies about the possible persecution of gays were negative.
Recall that on April 1, Novaya Gazeta reported cases of detention, torture and homicide of homosexuals in Chechnya, as well as illegal detention in secret prisons. Later, the media published anonymous testimonies of Chechen gay men who had escaped reprisals. At the same time, official representatives of Chechnya have met this information indignantly, accusing the media of lying and provoking against the Caucasian Republic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible prosecution of gays in Chechnya with Tatyana Moskalkova in May. During the meeting, Putin assured that he would talk with Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsov about what is happening in the North Caucasus with people of unconventional sexual orientation. The Head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, promised the Head of the HRC, Mikhail Fedotov, to assist in the investigation of reports of crimes against members of sexual minorities.
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