Kremlin Spox Dismisses Reports Of Chechen Murders Of Gay Men After Putin Meets With Chechen Leader

Radio Free Europe reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman sought to downplay evidence of a campaign of abuse targeting gay men in Chechnya, saying the Kremlin has “heard no confirmation” of reports that have prompted outrage in the West. Speaking to journalists on April 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has no reason to doubt regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s assurances that there is no persecution of gays in Chechnya.

HIs remarks came a day after Kadyrov met with Putin in the Kremlin and dismissed what he called “provocative articles” about gay men being rounded up by the authorities in Chechnya and families who are encouraged to perform honor killings. Putin made no comment on the issue in the public portion of the meeting, according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin website late on April 19.

  • Bluto
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Good doggie! Smart doggie!

    • Bj Lincoln

      That is precious.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Over on Slate, there’s a commenter whose username is “From Russia With Campaign Funds.” I could kick myself for not thinking of that first.

      • Nowhereman

        Our whole political system is just one big money-laundering scheme.

    • Derrick Johns

      Lovely. And the doggie looks so proud. That takes artistic effort, you know?

  • kcken

    “da komrad, dey say nyet, and we have believe”

  • Jacob

    The only info they exchanged was methods for killing gay men.

  • PickyPecker

    This is a little hard to watch, but important as it gives first-hand accounting of the shit that is going down over there.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I can’t watch but until now I have not seen or heard any proof. I don’t understand how the UN can call for a stop if there is no proof so why would Putin lie about no proof? He is as bad as Drumpf.

      • ChrisMorley

        The Guardian published a first hand account of Adam’s repeated torture by electro-shocks and beatings with wooden and metal rods, and homophobic verbal abuse, and that of the torture of another gay man, on 13 April.
        I have posted that link in previous Chechen threads here.

        Additionally, ‘The Russian newspaper that broke the news of the mass detention and torture of gay men in Chechnya has said it fears for the safety of its journalists after a televised gathering of religious and social leaders in Grozny promised “reprisals” against them. Novaya Gazeta, one of the few remaining independent news sources in Russia, first reported on the anti-gay violence in Chechnya several weeks ago.’

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    • jixter

      Thanks for posting this, PP. I wouldn’t have seen it, otherwise.

  • geoffalnutt

    Russia is our enemy. Russia is our enemy. Russia is our enemy.

    • Todd20036

      The GOP is our enemy, too. We’ve always disagreed with them, but now, we can safely say they want to see the fall of American democracy. They are Nazis.

      • geoffalnutt

        True. Republicans have been trying to destroy democracy since the 50s.

        • Nowhereman

          They’ve been trying to destroy it since FDR.

      • billbear1961


  • TexasBoy

    Well….if Putin says it didn’t happen, you can bet it did happen…just like denying the Russia and Trump collusion.

  • JWC

    If you don’t listen then you never hear anything is wrong Ramzan Kadyrov is just a fay little thug

  • Cuberly
    • billbear1961

      Oh, dear, dear, dear, yet another typically TWO-FACED exemplar of almighty “Christian Virtue” BITES the goddamned DUST.

      Fuck the smug little power-abusing FRAUD!!

    • Nowhereman

      I’ll bet he uses a private email server that he keeps in his closet, too.

      • Cuberly

        Well his campaign $$ pays for his iPhone. So probably.

    • BobSF_94117

      Hold on!?!?! A woman? A human female??? I don’t believe it.

      • Cuberly

        No kidding, can’t imagine anyone getting g within a hundred feet of his cloaca.

  • Blake Jordan

    As if they did not get Putin’s authorization first anyway… and were not planning to set up the same camps in other areas of Russia, or just ship the gay/bi men to Chechnya…

    The only issue is that the media found out and has shared with the world!!!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ” Oh we haven’t heard of anything. Is this true ? I wonder ? Oh well, too bad I guess ”

    Dammed you all

  • another_steve

    Impossible to believe that U.S. theofascist operatives are not somehow aiding and abetting this. Much as they’ve done in Uganda and other places.

    Tony Perkins and Co. are supporters of Trump. Trump won, largely with their help, in exchange for promising to do their bidding. Trump is best buddies with Putin.

    Perkins, Trump, Putin.

    Do the math.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I have no doubt you are correct. The exportation of hate and lies about our population is a big issue that should be illegal. The UN should make a crime and convict those who break the law. The ‘crimes against humanity’ charge against Lively has proven to go nowhere while he continues to teach and preach hate and lies around the world. Why is it so hard to pin these people down and make them pay for the damage they have done?

  • Goodboy

    I’m just worried these Nazi fucks will do a mass extermination now to cover their tracks.

  • billbear1961

    So, the LIARS aren’t going to do a goddamned thing about this, except encourage it by pretending it’s not happening!!

    • ETownCanuck

      You weren’t actually expecting something different were you?

      • billbear1961

        The world’s got to put enormous PRESSURE on them.

        This is really MONSTROUS.

        • ETownCanuck

          Nobody will though, it’s how Hitler got away with it for so long. People knew what was going on but did nothing to stop it until it was too late. The world still turns a blind eye to genocide and atrocities when they happen.

  • zhera

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has no reason to doubt
    regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s assurances that there is no persecution
    of gays in Chechnya.

    Kadyrov… is that the same guy who claimed there aren’t any gay men in Chechnya? With that attitude and logic there won’t be any persecution either…

    • Nowhereman

      They actually worded it that way. “How can we kill what does not exist?”

    • McSwagg

      This all depends on what the Russians consider “persecution of gays”. Rounding them up, beating them, murdering them is not considered “persecution” by the Russians.

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  • Gaymurcan

    Please support organizations such as Rainbow Railroad.

    It’s up to LGBT to take care of our own.

    More at:

  • Judas Peckerwood

    And what is our president* saying about the situation? Nothing, you say? I’m sure that the Log Cabinettes will be out with a strongly-worded statement any day now.

  • Ninja0980

    Were folks expecting anything less?

  • Kevin Perez
  • EqualityForAll
  • KnownDonorDad

    He must still be upset over his missing cat.

  • Tempus Fuggit
  • Friday

    Putin’s regime is officially complicit in the persecution and ‘disappearing’ then, …also ignoring the fact the Chechen authorities simply said they can’t be doing what they’re doing because the people they are persecuting don’t exist.