Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has authorized a concentration camp for men suspected of being homosexuals, according to reports by human rights groups. The news comes a week after allegations officials in the region have been detaining and murdering gay men.
Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper known for its criticism of the Russian government, reports inmates are killed or forced to promise to leave the republic. The goal, the paper says, is “the complete cleansing of Chechnya from men of non-traditional sexual orientation.” One former inmate says he was forced to pay bribes to police every month just to survive. Another revealed he and others were tortured to force them to divulge the names of other gay men.
Kadyrov has maintained the purge is not happening, as there are no homosexuals in Chechnya. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” a spokesperson told the state news agency Interfax.
Oy. If Putin has his way with bitch Trump, we may not be far from this in the West.
This is the most difficult conflict to imagine. It is difficult to understand that in 2017 there are parts of the world that remain violent towards the LGBTQ community. It just makes me so sad.