World Reports about torture of gays in Chechnya produce no investigation, just threats against journalists

05:20  17 april  2017
05:20  17 april  2017 Source:   MSN

Kremlin: No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya

  Kremlin: No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya <p>Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader's assurances.</p>Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists on Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to back up reports by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic in southern Russia rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them were killed.

MOSCOW — Chechen state television promised over the weekend to produce a tell-all investigation into reports on the torture of gay men in that Russian republic — not into the question of torture itself, but into how the story saw the light of day. It said that the existence of gays in Chechnya was

Reports about torture of gay men in Chechnya has produced no investigation , just threats against journalists . (Thomas Hornall / AP).

In this November photo, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov smiles before an exhibition soccer match between Russia and Romania in Grozny, Russia. Kadyrov has lashed out at international organization that have criticised the Russian region for reportedly persecuting and killing gays, accusing them of attempting to blacken Chechen society, lifestyle, traditions and customs. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, FILE) © Denis Tyrin/AP In this November photo, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov smiles before an exhibition soccer match between Russia and Romania in Grozny, Russia. Kadyrov has lashed out at international organization that have criticised the Russian region for reportedly persecuting and killing gays, accusing them of attempting to blacken Chechen society, lifestyle, traditions and customs. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, FILE)

MOSCOW — Chechen state television promised over the weekend to produce a tell-all investigation into reports on the torture of gay men in that Russian republic — not into the question of torture itself, but into how the story saw the light of day.

'Concentration Camps' For Gays Opened In Chechnya: Reports

  'Concentration Camps' For Gays Opened In Chechnya: Reports Reports have surfaced that "concentration camps" have been opened up in Chechnya where gay men are being detained and tortured to commit that they would leave the republic."Concentration camps" for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.

MOSCOW – Chechen state television promised over the weekend to produce a tell-all investigation into reports on the torture of gay men in that Russian republic — not into the question of torture itself, but into how the story saw the light of day.

Journalists are threatened because publications on gays in Chechnya . Answering a question of journalists on April 14, Peskov said that the Kremlin is closely related to the media reports On the eve of “Novaya Gazeta” published a statement about the threats against journalists .

It said that the existence of gays in Chechnya was “invented by opposition media.”

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in a social-media post Sunday, blamed “so-called human rights organizations” that were “using the most unworthy methods, distorting reality, trying to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs.”

 Chechnya has called on the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which first reported on the abuse and killings of gay men there, to recant its article.

 “To finish this dangerous conflict between us once and for all, you have to fulfill just three conditions,” wrote Dzhambulat Umarov, the minister for social politics in the Chechen Republic. “First, you must apologize to the Chechen people for the disgusting nonsense that you spread.” He also demanded that reporters abandon the use of anonymous sources and stop complaining of threats received from Chechnya.   

US 'disturbed' by reports of Chechnya crackdown on gays

  US 'disturbed' by reports of Chechnya crackdown on gays The United States voiced concern Monday over reported persecution of gay men, including torture and murder, by authorities in Chechnya, urging officials in the Russian region long-troubled by unrest to investigate. "We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement."If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored," she added."Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.

journalists for their work on Chechnya , has conducted its own investigation , collecting many And just like many other cases, when the horrors of one man’s unlimited power threaten the most Join Amnesty International's global campaign to stop abductions and torture of gay men in Chechnya .

There have been reports of a horrifying " gay purge" in Chechnya , Russia. This comes just a week after reports that 100 men suspected of homosexuality had been detained, tortured and three "For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya .

Elena Milashina, one of two Novaya Gazeta reporters who broke the story, has gone into hiding after receiving death threats.

Police and other law enforcement officials under Kadyrov, who fought the Russian government during Chechnya’s civil war before changing sides and who was named leader of Chechnya by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in 2007, have been accused of torture and collective punishment before. But the details of what appears to be the systematic imprisonment and torture of gay men, who Kadyrov insists do not exist in Chechnya, were particularly hair-raising. 

“They attached wires from electroshockers to our hands and turned the dial of a generator, creating a shock. It was painful. I endured as much as I could, then lost consciousness and fell,” one man, who sent a photo showing bruises on his buttocks, wrote to Novaya Gazeta. The newspaper reported that more than 100 men had been detained and that three had been killed.

Biden ‘appalled’ by anti-gay abuses in Chechnya

  Biden ‘appalled’ by anti-gay abuses in Chechnya <p>Former Vice President Joe Biden says he is repulsed by reports that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya are persecuting suspected gay men.</p>"I am disgusted and appalled by reports from both the Russian media and non-governmental organizations that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up, tortured and even murdered individuals who are believed to be gay," he said in a statement Friday.

Amnesty said it “considers this resolution as a threat of violence against journalists .” “These reports coming out of Chechnya regarding the targeted arrests and murders of gay men are appalling,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Vice-Chair Rep.

Amnesty said it “considers this resolution as a threat of violence against journalists .” “These reports coming out of Chechnya regarding the targeted arrests and murders of gay men are appalling,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Vice-Chair Rep.

“When the current goes and your body starts to shake, you stop thinking and begin to scream,” the man wrote. “All this time you’re sitting and hear the screams of those being tortured.”

Russian officials insisted that there was not enough information for an investigation. But soon after the story was published on April 1, Novaya Gazeta’s website was knocked out by a distributed denial-of-service attack. Authorities in Chechnya, including religious leaders, began making threatening statements against the newspaper’s journalists.

“Insofar as an insult has been made against the age-old foundations of Chechen society and the dignity of male Chechens, as well as our faith, we promise that retribution will reach those who truly instigated this, wherever and whomever they may be, without a statute of limitations,” a collection of Islamic leaders supported by Kadyrov said in a statement. 

For Novaya Gazeta, these are more than just idle threats. Two of the newspaper’s reporters who covered Chechnya have been murdered. In 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a reporter who covered the war in Chechnya, was shot to death in her apartment building in Moscow. Several Chechen men were convicted in the killing. In 2009, the reporter and human rights worker Natalya Estemirova was kidnapped in Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, and killed, her body left in the trunk of a car in a neighboring region. Both were critics of Kadyrov.

Chechen police 'torturing gay men'

  Chechen police 'torturing gay men' Kidnappings and beatings of gay men are systematic in Chechnya, a Russian activist tells the BBC.Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said "we are working to evacuate people".

Torture . Protests against the reported treatment of gay people in Chechnya have been arranged in numerous countries. “It is difficult to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya , where homophobia is intense and rampant.

Journalists are threatened because publications on gays in Chechnya . Guilty or not, will sort out the investigation ,” — said Saratov. PreviousThe Kremlin has condemned threats against journalists for publications on gays in Chechnya .

The newspaper issued a defiant statement.

“Silence and inaction in such a situation make all of those able to do anything accomplices,” the newspaper wrote last week. “So Novaya Gazeta is continuing to work in Chechnya. But we understand very well how high a price we may pay. The still uninvestigated murders of our colleagues, Anna Politkovskaya and Natalya Estemirova, are clear proof of that.” 

Other Russian independent media, including the popular Echo of Moscow radio station, have backed Novaya Gazeta. Alexei Venediktov, the Echo of Moscow editor in chief, who has also been threatened by Kadyrov, called the Chechen leaders a “homegrown ISIS.”

 “I am not surprised by the threats made against our colleagues at Novaya Gazeta from representatives of the Chechen government and religious community,” Venediktov wrote in a blog on Echo of Moscow’s website. “These threats so resemble those made by ISIS against journalists recounting the atrocities of their religious fanatics that for a time you can confuse the authors of these messages.”

The reports by Novaya Gazeta have been corroborated by other news organizations, including the Russian-language edition of Radio Free Europe and the Guardian.

U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threats .
<p>An Israeli-American teenager accused of making dozens of bomb threats to Jewish community centers has been identified for the first time in two criminal complaints filed on Friday in U.S. courts in Florida and Georgia.</p>Michael Ron David Kadar, who has dual citizenship and lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls between Jan. 4 and March 7, with a significant portion of them targeting Jewish community centers in the United States, according to the complaints.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!