The Associated Press reports:
The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in Russia charged Monday.
The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia.
The Associated Press and other media outlets have interviewed some of the victims, who spoke about torture at the hands of Chechen law enforcement officers. Chechen authorities have denied those accusations, and federal authorities conducted a probe into the earlier reports but said they found nothing to support the charges.
In 2017, Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov [photo] declared that gays are inhuman devils and that Chechnya must “purify our blood” by removing them. Hit the link above for much more about the latest developments.
Chechnya: two dead and dozens held in LGBT purge, say activists https://t.co/jIxhxGGl3I
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 14, 2019
Another purge has begun in the republic after Chechen authorities arrested the administrator of an LGBT social media group. 40 reportedly detained, 2 killed. https://t.co/dk4y6n1vAX
— Matthew Kupfer (@Matthew_Kupfer) January 14, 2019
— VICE News (@vicenews) January 14, 2019