In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed. Chechen authorities have denied the reports. But the UN’s high commissioner for human rights and prominent international organisations have urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse.
April 14 / The Guardian