Rosgvardia denies reports that its employee got killed in Chechnya on suspicion of homosexual orientation

Rosgvardia denies reports that its employee got killed in Chechnya on suspicion of homosexual orientation
Valery Sharifulin / TASS

Novaya Gazeta reported that three residents of the republic "were killed on suspicion of homosexual orientation (among them was a Rosgvardia employee)."

Rosgvardia has not confirmed the information claiming its serviceman was killed in Chechnya on discriminating grounds, TASS reported citing the agency’s press service.

"There have been no incidents where National Guard servicemen would be killed in the North Caucasian district according to the pre-investigation check," stated the Rosgvardia Department for Interaction with the Media and Civil Society Institutions.

Earlier today, Novaya Gazeta reported that three residents of the republic "were killed on suspicion of homosexual orientation (among them was a Rosgvardia employee)." We shall remind that in early April, Novaya Gazeta cited its sources exposing incidents of confinement, tortures and murders of gay men in Chechnya, where they were reportedly kept in secret prisons. In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would have a talk with Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev on the "information or rumors" about "what is happening in our North Caucasian district to people of unconventional sexual orientation." Yesterday, Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova stated that she was going to send her staff to Chechnya to check the persecution reports.

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