Ombudswoman finds corpus delicti in homosexuals’ torture in Chechnya

Ombudswoman finds corpus delicti in homosexuals’ torture in Chechnya
Tatyana Moskalkova

Tatyana Moskalkova decided to take the case upon torture of homosexuals in Chechnya under personal control.

Tatyana Moskalkova, the Human Rights Ombudswoman in Russia, made a statement that there were sufficient grounds for initiating a criminal case on the torture of homosexuals in Chechnya.

The Ombudswoman made this statement on the basis of a report by Maxim Lapunov, who complained about the persecution in the Republic. Moskalkova also added that Lapunov should be given state protection.

In addition, Moskalkova noted that law enforcement agencies have canceled the rejection of criminal case initiation, started the search for witnesses, at which Lapunov pointed.

"I got acquainted with all the materials personally. So there is the aim to find witnesses at whom Lapunov pointed, and whom, the investigator has not yet been found as a result of insufficient activity," the Ombudswoman said.

Suffered from torture Maxim Lapunov turned to Tatyana Moskalkova on October 13. In his statement, Lapunov called on the authorities to deal with the torture and harassment of homosexuals in Chechnya. Lapunov said that on March 16, 2017 he was detained by the law enforcement agencies of Chechnya. For two weeks he was kept in the basement and beaten regularly until he named several Chechen gays.

In the spring, information about the mass harassment, torture and homicide of homosexuals in Chechnya leaked to the media. Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov made a statement in which he refutes this information, adding that "a similar phenomenon [homosexuality] is not typical for the Chechen people."



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