Gay Men tortured & killed in Chechen Concentration Camps

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Earlier this month more than 100 queer men have been arrested in Chechnya and rounded up in concentration camps where many have been tortured and at least 3 killed according to the BBC and the Huffington Post.

The Russian opposition news publication Novaya Gazeta first reported that men between the ages of 16 and 50 were being gathered and arrested “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.” The paper published the names of three murder victims, and speculated many more had likely been killed, as well.

Speaking to the New York Timesthough, Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed the claims, and denied that any gay people even exist within the region at all. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” he said. “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

The sweep of arrests was apparently prompted by an application of the gay rights group for rights to celebrate a Pride parade— rights which, unsurprisingly, were immediately denied, and met with severe authoritative backlash.

Foreign ministers from the European Union, the US and UK have all urged Russia to urgently intervene. “We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis,’ a US State Department spokesperson said. “We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible. We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons.”

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  1. This is terrible. But what else would you expect from a fucked up country whose “religion” is 95% or more islam. They’re trying to outdo Saudi Arabia and Iran with that stupid ideology.

    I address “religion” this way because it’s actually a socio-political ideology as ALL monotheistic “religions” are, including christianity.

  2. Chechnya is controlled by Russia.
    This is a trial run.
    As soon as the Russians determine how lame the response of the western world is, they’ll start rounding up gay Russians.

    1. Nonsense! Russian control of Chechnya is very conventional. At least, this is so in the matter of ensuring the rights for the LGBT community.

  3. Well, this repression is one of 2 things – a Muslim thing, or a Russian thing. Muslims delight in murdering the LGBT community, and targeting selected groups (Jews for example) for ‘pogroms’ has been a long standing Russian tradition for centuries. But liberals shouldn’t mind, after all, they believe in cultural equivalence. Russian and Islamic culture should be held in equal regard with the civilized world. To criticize them would be “___phobic”- an offensive micro-aggression that would violate some poor snowflake’s safe space. Perish the thought.

    1. “Well, this repression is one of 2 things – a Muslim thing, or a Russian thing.”

      Actually, it’s both. Russians have been targeting gays for easily the last 15 years (longer, really).

      What ALL societies FAIL to understand is that homosexuality is absolutely necessary for every society, regardless of what they feel they want to believe. It’s so necessary, that in fact, there would be NO societies without homosexuality. Exactly like ALL militaries — no exceptions — they simply wouldn’t exist without homosexuals.

  4. There are no words for such barbarism and obscurantism. There was a documentary last month on the French-German TV channel Arte about a gay imam, but that’s a rare exception in the Muslim world, like this small 1-million Muslims country that is Chechnya.

    Homophobes are unfortunately everywhere, but at least we can laugh at them in the Western World, like in North Carolina (already infamous for its transgender bathroom bill) where the GOP bill to make equal marriage illegal (even in other states) is DOA, dead on arrival, and won’t even be read in Congress:

    Song of the day by Irish singer Imelda May: “Leave Me Lonely.” Just as awesome as these Russian news are awful. This album “Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.” is on pre-order, but has been leaked already.

    1. I know that bill is now DOA — even by the top Republican, which is amazing in itself. But people think I’m exaggerating when I continually talk about how the Republicans & far-right religious will try and try ANYTHING, and I MEAN ANYTHING to FORCE that fucking christianity into not only our social norms, but into our government even though our Constitution explicitly outlaws this crap. It’s 24/7 in this country to attempt to make American the NEXT CHRISTIAN THEOCRACY (more than it is already). It’s why Pence is our Vice-President and why the Republicans CHEATED AND WILL CONTINUE TO CHEAT IN ANY WAY THEY CAN when it comes to our Supreme Court appointments.

      This is NO exaggeration, as that bill PROVES.

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