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13 October 2017, 15:45

Gay from Chechnya complains to Tatiana Moskalkova of persecution

Only one resident of Chechnya filed a complaint about being persecuted for his homosexual orientation. This has been reported today by Russia's Ombudsperson Tatiana Moskalkova.

According to her, the investigative authorities have launched an investigation into the Chechen resident's complaint. "One person with non-traditional sexual orientation appealed to me. And on my part, I sent a request to the investigative agencies, and they are working in that direction," the "Interfax" quotes Tatiana Moskalkova as saying.

Meanwhile, according to Tatiana Moskalkova, she did not get any confirmation of the information that gays in Chechnya were subjected to extrajudicial executions, the "Kommersant" reports.

On April 1, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported about mass detentions in Chechnya of men suspected of unconventional sexual orientation. Later, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported with reference to gays persecuted in Chechnya that in Argun, a "secret prison" had been arranged for people with unconventional sexual orientation. According to the "Radio Liberty", another similar prison, where members of sexual minorities are beaten and humiliated, is located in the Chechen village of Tsotsi-Yurt.

Besides, the Russia's Ombudsperson has also reported her intention to check the information about some people's attempts to use belonging to LGBT communities to obtain refugee status abroad. "I have been addressed by people with non-traditional sexual orientation who report that members of LGBT communities use the information about violence in order to leave for abroad. I have got such an address with information, and I have to check it to prove everything is objective and honest," said Tatiana Moskalkova.

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

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