IF a close friend had gone missing, who wouldn’t call their mobile to see if they could track them down? But in a remote corner of Russia, that simple act of making a phone call has allegedly led to scores of men being tracked down by the authorities, imprisoned in a modern day “concentration camp”, extorted, tortured and even killed. Yet, they haven’t even broken the law. What started as an isolated arrest for a relatively minor offence in the southern Russian region of Chechnya is said to have now escalated to the capture of hundreds of gay men.
April 17 / News.Com.AU