Human rights Ombudswoman dissatisfied with Investigative Committee’s answer on gays' purge in Chechnya

Human rights Ombudswoman dissatisfied with Investigative Committee’s answer on gays' purge in Chechnya
Human rights Ombudswoman of the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova

The human rights Ombudswoman of the Russian Federation received an official answer from the department.

Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova commented on the official response to her inquiry to the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation (ICR) based on the messages about alleged prosecutions of representatives of LGBT community in Chechnya. It is reported by RIA Novosti.

According to her, it is said in the document that the department did not establish any facts confirming “violent acts concerning persons because they have no concrete data on these citizens”.

As Moskalkova emphasized, she stated names and surnames of those people, who were mentioned in the material of Novaya Gazeta.

“The check is not considered finished on this. I will ask to write a specified answer concerning those surnames, which are listed in the letter”, she added, noticing that there are about 24 people.

Moskalkova expressed confidence that investigators will be able to request the relevant information from journalists and conduct their own investigation.

To recall, in April Novaya Gazeta published a number of articles telling about the prosecution of homosexuals in Chechnya. Media published several messages telling that bodies of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation were carrying out an investigation verification on the facts stated by the newspaper. The authorities of Chechnya, commenting on the publications, declared that they deny charges of violation of the rights of sexual minorities.

In particular, Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov told that there is no prosecution of gays in Chechnya, moreover — there are no gays in the Republic at all. “For millenniums people [here] have lived by other rules which are ordered by God, dictated by moral standards and ethics of human relations”, Kadyrov commented.

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