"I would not even consider a statement about the murder of homosexual" 

"I would not even consider a statement about the murder of homosexual"
Kheda Saratova

The Yabloko party demands to check the information about the killings of gays in Chechnya and give a legal assessment of the xenophobic statements of member of the Council on the development of civil society and human rights under the Head of Chechnya Kheda Saratova and Ramzan Kadyrov's press secretary Alvi Karimov.⁠

The Novosibirsk branch of the Yabloko (Apple) party demanded from federal law enforcement agencies to verify information on mass detentions and murders of representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation in Chechnya.

The official statement of the regional representative office of Yabloko is published on the page of the Novosibirsk branch in the social network VKontakte.

According to the text of the statement, Yabloko expresses its protest against the persecution and murder of Russian citizens in the territory of the subject of the Russian Federation and demands to take the necessary measures to protect the affected citizens and punish the perpetrators if these facts are confirmed.

Recall, on Saturday, Novaya Gazeta reported on a massive mopping up of LGBT representatives in the Chechen Republic referring to a number of sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service. According to the edition, several people were killed, the lives of more than 100 detainees are also under threat.

Later, this information was denied by member of the Council on the development of civil society and human rights under the Head of Chechnya Kheda Saratova and Ramzan Kadyrov's press secretary Alvi Karimov. However, the tone of statements of both official representatives of the Chechen Republic did not inspire the public belief in their words.

For example, Karimov said that “it is impossible to pursue those who are not in the Republic", adding that "if there were homosexuals in Chechnya, they would be sent to places of non-return". Saratova, in turn, stressed that "homosexuality is an evil that every citizen of the Republic will struggle with."

She noted that she "did not receive a single statement about the murder of homosexuals, but if she did, she would not have considered it." In the opinion of the Chechen human rights activist, "even if such a person is killed by his relatives, they will not disclose it, and law enforcement agencies will react with understanding."

"I assure you, in our Chechen society a person, who respects himself, traditions and customs, will persecute and do everything to save our society from such people," Moskva govorit quotes Saratova.

The authors of the Novosibirsk Yabloko’s statement called Saratova and Karimov’s words "complete frank xenophobia" and demanded a legal assessment, recalling the criminal responsibility for Inciting Hatred or Enmity and Humiliation of Human Dignity with the use of official position (Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Such a position, according to Yabloko, does not correlate with the positions held by Saratova and Karimov.

"The law should guarantee equal and effective protection against discrimination on any grounds to all persons," the statement of the regional branch of the party states.

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