“Tortures became more brutal and sophisticated”: Chechen siloviki keep gay detainees in Argun and Grozny police stations
Detainees are beaten and raped with electric batons, they are not given food and drink only dirty water.
Chechen security officers keep homosexuals detained in December 2018 in the Argun and Grozny police stations, Mediazona reports, citing the Russian LGBT Network and its sources. Earlier it became known that the persecution and torture of gays began in late December.
According to human rights activists, in Grozny, gays are being held in the Zavodskoy district police station. Victims report that the tortures “became more brutal and sophisticated.” “They torture not only men, but also women. Detainees are beaten and raped with electric batons. Men are shaved, dressed in women's clothing and forced to call each other by female names,” said Igor Kochetkov, Executive Director of the programs of the Russian LGBT Network.
According to Kochetkov, the detainees are not fed; they are given dirty water, which remains after washing the floor. Clean tap water was given to gays only for prayer, he specified.
According to the calculations of the Russian LGBT Network, since April 2017, 150 people have left the Republic because of the persecution, of which 130 have left Russia.
A new crackdown on homosexuals in Chechnya in early January was reported by Novaya Gazeta. According to the newspaper, the first reports on this began in December 2018, when Grozny saw the detention of a group of men and women who were tortured with electricity in one of the operational apartments.
Later, the Russian LGBT Network reported the murder of two people during torture. According to the organization’s calculations, at least 40 people have been detained since the end of December.
For the first time, Novaya Gazeta reported on the mass detentions of people suspected of homosexuality in Chechnya in spring 2017. The publication told about the "secret prison" for gays in Argun. According to Radio Svoboda, the second such prison is in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt. In total, Novaya Gazeta learned about six such prisons.
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