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Chechnya anti-gay campaign allegedly arrested 100 gay men, killed 3

By Mharia Emmareen / 2017.04.05
Two men kiss to protest against Russian anti-gay laws during a demonstration opposite the Russian embassy on August 23, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

The Chechnya anti-gay campaign in Russia has been accused of arresting 100 suspected gay men wherein 3 already got killed. Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov spokesperson Alvi Karimov denied such allegations stating that the reports are definitely untruthful and misleading.

The Russian government has been supporting Kadyrov and was indicted of defying human rights in Chechnya. He seriously promoted endorsed Islam in the state and constructed Europe's 'largest mosque' in the Republic of Russia, Metro reported.

Karimov said, "You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic. If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn't need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning."

The Russian project director for the International Crisis Group, Ekaterina Sokirianskaia informed Guardian that she gets worrisome details regarding the issue from different resources for the last 10 days. She mentioned that she heard about the incident in Grozny, outside it, and from the people of various ages and professions.

Officially, Chechnya is a part of Russia but serves as a partly independent state where Kadyrov's words become laws. He has governed the restructuring of the nation using Moscow's fund following two dreadful wars. At different times, He promoted polygamy, mandatory wear of hijab in public for women, and cumulative retribution for relatives who participate in the Islamist underground.

The Chechen culture is totally different in the sense that they could turn their back on suspected gay relative or family member. According to the communities, if a family was identified with a gay member, other kinsfolk will find it hard to get married because of the embarrassment it may bring.

LGBT rights in Russia are assimilated with the law that prohibits the publicity of bisexuality among minors on the books. However, Moscow along with other big cities possess a blooming gay culture even if most of it are concealed.

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