Bekkhan Yusupov. Photo: screenshot of the video by 'Chechnya Segonya' (Chechnya Today)

04 February 2019, 23:00

A Chechen resident complains to Prosecutor's Office after publication of "Novaya Gazeta"

Bekkhan Yusupov reported that he had been detained because of storing rounds, and not due to suspicions of homosexuality. The man accused the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" of slander. Residents of Chechnya expressed their scepticism about the Bekkhan Yusupov's public speech.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 29, the "Russian LGBT Network" reported that Bekkhan Yusupov had been detained in Chechnya during a new wave of detention and torture of homosexuals. He got asylum in France and came to Chechnya to visit his relatives.

On February 1, on the air of the "Grozny" TV Channel, Bekkhan Yusupov announced his intention to sue those who spread false information about him.

The local authorities use the situation around Bekkhan Yusupov for their own purposes, believes a staff member of a Chechen NGO.

"The authorities got a weighty argument against charges of persecuting homosexuals ... The 'Novaya Gazeta' will have to go to court and prove that its information is not false," the NGO staff member explained.

Salavdi, an NGO representative, also doubted the version about the Bekkhan Yusupov's detention because of old rounds.

Let us remind you that on January 31, law enforcers kept advocate Alexander Karavaev, who came to Grozny to represent the Bekkhan Yusupov's interests and tried to find out his fate.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 4, 2019 at 04:14 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondents

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