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President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov reportedly wants all LGBTI people to be “eliminated” from his Russian region in less than a month.
Independent Russian media and human rights groups say at least 100 men have been detained and violently tortured because of their homosexuality in at least one secret prison in Chechnya in what has been described as a “purge”, with at least three men reportedly dead.
And Kadyrov has set a deadline of May 26, the start of Muslim holiday Ramadan, for the “elimination” of the LGBTI community, according to claims made in the UK Parliament last week by British Foreign Prime Minister Alan Duncan.
“Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov,” Mr Duncan said.
“He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community.
“Sources have said that he wants the community eliminated by the start of Ramadan. Such comments, attitudes and actions are absolutely contemptible.”
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has previously – and repeatedly – denied the reports of the persecution amid international outrage, and a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin has said an investigation found “no evidence” of the violence.
In a video by Human Rights First posted to Facebook, men from the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association have appeared on camera to read personal accounts from survivors of the brutal violence in Chechnya.
(Top photo via Kremlin.ru)