Chechnya LGBT: Dozens ‘detained in new gay purge’

_105181746_4bb7e14d-075d-4e5e-b8de-c35c7d218fa9Source: BBC News

Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya.

The Russian LGBT Network believes about 40 people have been imprisoned since December – two of whom they say have died under torture.

The group has been monitoring alleged abuses in the mainly Muslim Russian republic since 2017 when dozens of gay people were reportedly detained.

A government spokesman has dismissed their latest report as “complete lies”.

Chechnya, and its authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov, has consistently denied allegations of illegal detentions and human rights abuses.

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