RUSSIA: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Publicly Pressures Putin To Stop Chechen Abuses Of Gay Men

The Independent reports:

Angela Merkel has publicly raised concern over the reported prosecution of gay men in Chechnya with Vladimir Putin, following wide-ranging talks. The German Chancellor raised the alleged capture and torture of more than 100 people at a joint press conference with the Russian President in Sochi.

The Kremlin has backed the Chechen government’s denials over the brutal campaign, saying it had “no information” to support research by journalists and human rights groups. Ms Merkel called on the Russian government to properly investigate the allegations and ensure that LGBT people are fully protected in the territories and elsewhere.

She also called for freedom of assembly to be protected, after Russian riot police arrested protesters demonstrating against the persecution. “It’s important to have the right to demonstrate in a democracy, and the role of NGOs is very importance,” Ms Merkel said.

At this writing, there doesn’t appear to be any report regarding Putin’s reaction.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Must be nice to have an actual President.

    • FAEN

      I remember those days. I didn’t wake up every morning with anxiety. And he used complete sentences.

      • David Walker

        Even paused sometimes to consider what words to use.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    And yet not a word from the cracker in the White House.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Good for you, Ms. Merkel.

    Now stop blocking marriage equality inGermany, and allow a free vote.

    • wineflask

      She still needs the CSU to govern, unfortunately.

  • another_steve

    She’s emerging as the new leader of the free world.

    • kaydenpat

      Since last November.

      • Todd20036

        Well, technically, January 20

  • Boreal

    G̶e̶r̶m̶a̶n̶ ̶C̶h̶a̶n̶c̶e̶l̶l̶o̶r̶ Leader of the Free World Angela Merkel

  • jimbo65

    Glad to see the REAL leader of the free world doing something

    • RyanInIllinois

      I used to have a running joke about my “secret boyfriends” at the various gyms where I worked out. The joke was that it was even a secret to them. 😊 Anyway, Angela Merkel is now my “secret president.”

      • greenmanTN

        Fine, but keep your secret hands off Jason Momoa because I called dibs and I will cut a bitch. 😉

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      • Angela Merkel supports religion in schools, is against equal marriage and says public taxes must be used to support churches.

        You sure you want her?

        • RyanInIllinois

          Have you seen our president?

          • Yes.

            Have you seen other world leaders that are far better than Merkel? <.<

          • RyanInIllinois

            Okay, I’ll play this game. Name one and then I’ll tell you everything that is wrong with him/her. Ready? Go!

          • António Costa

          • RyanInIllinois

            I’ll keep it to three: 1.) António Costa has been completely silent on the detention and murder of gay men by state authorities in Chechnya. 2.) He hasn’t done anything to end the privileges that the Catholic Church receives in Portugal, including being the only religious denomination that is exempt from taxes. 3.) Anti-gay “conversion therapy” is still legal in Portugal. António Costa has done nothing to change that, nor has he spoken out against it.

            (Just as a side note, I actually think António Costa is a good prime minister, but as you can see, no leader is perfect, which was my point. )

          • Angela Merkel keeps blocking equal marriage, António Costa championed it.

            You may see it as a small flaw, but to a gay person like me that means a lot!

            Oh btw conversion “therapy” iscsadly legal almost everywhere in Europe! Only one country (Malta) explicitely bans it.

            As for religion, any religious denomination can apply for state funds and perks in Portugal sadly

          • RyanInIllinois

            And Angela Merkel has spoken out against the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya while António Costa has remained silent. You may see that as a small flaw, but to gay men being targeted in Chechnya, it means a lot.

          • Because her insignificant statements mean a lot.

            She’s not taking any real action

          • RyanInIllinois

            Well, she’s not the leader of Russia, so it’s difficult for her to take direct action. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t taken real action. She publicly and in-person (and while in Russia) called on Putin to take action. This resulted in even more media coverage of the pogrom that’s going on in Chechnya which, in turn, raises more international awareness. This is how you build international pressure, which is often what it takes to get a state to take human rights seriously. It is certainly more action than Costa has taken on the issue, which is zero.

          • Yeah, cause economic pressure wouldn’t have worked. Oh yeah she needs russian money. Screw human beings when you can earn a buck

          • RyanInIllinois

            Oh, is Portugal applying economic pressure to Russia? I hadn’t heard.

          • Is my country rich enough for it?

            Is Germany rich enough for it?

            Seems simple!

          • RyanInIllinois

            I’ll take that as a “No.”

            By the way…
            “Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he supports an investigation into the reported torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed him on the issue.”


          • An investigation which is being done by Russian authotirities, it’s like telling the police to investigate itself after killing an unnarmed person, yeah…. what could go wrong in this bias?

    • Jeffg166

      Some one with the balls to tell the truth.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Nice going, Merkel. Now PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will never shake your hand.


  • kaydenpat

    Thank you to the real Leader of the Free World.

  • Ninja0980

    Meanwhile crickets from our “ally” Trump.

    • Todd20036

      Not true. He praised Putin!

  • FAEN

    More than our government is doing.

  • Rex

    Sometimes it takes a woman to show a man how it’s done.

    • GayOldLady

      Sometimes? 🙂

      • Rex

        The other times it takes a gay man.

        • Ray Taylor

          Phew, you got us out of that one.

          • GayOldLady

            You have to talk like a politician around this old feminist.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Sweety, you’re not old, you’re a classic. 🙂

        • GayOldLady


  • ArchiLaw


  • geoffalnutt

    Pooty seems a lot smaller than Angela – in so many ways.

  • Halou

    So nice to see the Leader of the Free World at work.

  • justmeeeee

    Nyet! Nyet! Nyet!

  • Tiger Quinn

    This is how you deal with Putin.

  • netxtown

    Comparing Ms Merkel to dumbasss trump – trumps balls on the edge of a razor blade would look like bee-bee’s on a 4-lane highway….and of course, Ms Merkel is a trucker….

  • alguien

    and THAT is how a real leader behaves on the world stage

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Good for her. Our President has his head so far up his ass he doesn’t even know what’s going on. And if he does, he’s ignoring it.

  • The_Wretched

    I’m getting envious of German competency.

  • greenmanTN

    WTF is it with Republicans and Angela Merkel?

    It’s the vagina thing, right?

    • billbear1961

      WTF is it?


    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Possibly, but I’m more inclined to believe it’s FNMDS**

      **Fox News Misogynist Derangement Syndrome

  • coram nobis

    At least the Leader of the Free World is keeping the message out.

  • Keith

    A leader with moral scruples, very refreshing.

    • -M-

      It shouldn’t be such a rarity as it seems to be now.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Brava to the leader of the free world!

    • billbear1961

      You beat me to it!


  • I have an election to vote in on June 8 by absentee ballot in the UK. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Theresa May is going to win a bigger majority in Parliament for her Conservatives. She will actually be able to get a probably get a “softer” Brexit — the best way for Americans to look at her is like a moderate Republican — there are not many left in the USA.
    — According to polls, the UK would vote down Brexit if it came up for a vote again! And, there was a chance a year ago that the Conservative party members of Parliament might have hooked with with Labour MPs and Liberal Democrats (the third party in the UK) and the SNP in Scotland in an effort to stop it. Such talk is dead now. Jeremy Corbyn, the far left head of Labour, is considered so toxic that no centrist will dare go near him.
    — The only way Brexit can be stopped if for an upset that keeps the Conservative Party from power — but even then, Labour is theoretically for Brexit also. I am still bummed out that the UK is still leaving Europe — just at the time when we need Europe to be stronger and not weaker.

  • Richard

    Merkel is the new leader of the free world, bravo ! Putin is a Soviet Stalin type who rules with an iron fist and is likely to continue to ignore what is happening in Chechnya. Hopefully Merkel will continue to pressure Putin.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    For those who are wondering, this is a picture of the new Leader of the Free World doing what needs doing. Just in case there was any confusion as to who the free world looks to now.

  • andrew

    I’m glad to see Angela Merkel, the leader of the free world, challenging Putin to put a stop to the horrors taking place in Chechnya.

  • Deplorableghost

    All the while importing economic migrants who follow a cult that explicitly murders gay people. The same cult that is murdering gay people in Chechnya. The problem isn’t Russia, its islam. The same type of people that leftists wish to bus in to western countries en masse. One cannot be for gay rights, while trying to defend and bring in those who would brutally murder them. Why I’m not a democrat.