Russia tells UN there are no gays in Chechnya

Echoing the words of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, acting Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said at the UN Human Rights Council that the rights of gays were not violated in Chechnya because there are no LGBT community members in the North Caucasus republic, The Moscow Times reports. Last year, Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men had been starved, beaten, and tortured with electric shocks in a Chechen government crackdown on gays. Moscow claims to have investigated the allegations but failed to find any gays in Chechnya.


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