Over the past few days, gay men in the Chechen Republic have disappearedand a Russian publication reported that Chechen authorities were arresting and killing them, The New York Times reported.
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men were detained "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such." However, a spokesman for Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied the report to Interfax on April 1, calling the article "absolute lies and disinformation."
Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya, Russia project coordinator for the International Crisis Group, said that she received many signals about the fatal sweep of gay men. As a result of the action, gay men have resorted to deleting online accounts or leaving the area.
Kadyrov, 40, is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May 2004. Ramzan has been embroiled in controversy since assuming power in 2007, and has been accused of multiple human-rights abuses.
The New York Times item is at mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/world/europe/chechen-authorities-arresting-and-killing-gay-men-russian-paper-says.html .