13:06, April 02 153 0

2017-04-02 13:06:05


Russia newspaper says Chechen authorities are arresting & killing gay men

Officials in Chechnya are reportedly baiting closeted gay men in the remote mountain region for arrest and even death.

Law enforcement began conducting sweeps after an LGBT activist applied for a Pride permit in the region, a Russia newspaper reports and a New York Times source confirms.

More than 100 men have allegedly been detained by security forces and the Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, lists the names of three men reportedly murdered, with suspicions that others detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” may have died in extra judicial killings.

The men are believed to have been lured into a trap by law enforcement officials posing as potential dates on social networking sites. Because homosexuality is both legally and culturally forbidden, there is no gay “community,” making it difficult to warn men who are vulnerable to the sweeps.

“Of course, none of these people in any way demonstrated their sexual orientation publicly — in the Caucasus, this is equal to a death sentence,” the Russian newspaper wrote.

Government officials, in their denial of any sweeps, reinforced just how dangerous it is to be gay in Chechnya.

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