17 May 2017, 05:07

Tatiana Moskalkova: information of "Novaya Gazeta" with names of gays harassed in Chechnya sent to ICRF

Tatiana Moskalkova, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, has reported that the appeal of the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" with the indication of the specific names and surnames of the gays persecuted in Chechnya had been sent to the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF). In Grozny, officials called the campaign to protect gays in Chechnya an attempt to exert pressure on Ramzan Kadyrov.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 1, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" published an article about mass detentions and killings in Chechnya of men suspected of non-conventional sexual orientation. On May 5, President Vladimir Putin promised Tatiana Moskalkova to instruct the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the General Prosecutor's Office to help her in checking the reports of the persecution of gays in Chechnya.

The RIA "Novosti" reports that according to Tatiana Moskalkova, the information of the "Novaya Gazeta" concern people whose whereabouts are not known and who presumably could have been killed.

Let us remind you that on May 16, three French LGBT associations appealed to the International Criminal Court with a lawsuit against Ramzan Kadyrov.

The lawsuit filed by several French LGBT associations to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Ramzan Kadyrov is an attempt to exert pressure on him, reports a source close to the government of Chechnya as quoted by the "Interfax".

The source has also noted that the lawsuit "looks like the actions paid by the forces seeking to discredit the Russian Federation."

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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