The President of the Council on human rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov said that the information “New newspaper” about the mass detentions of residents of Chechnya in connection with their sexual orientation needs to be “immediate and thorough” audit.
“If this is true, this is monstrous. It is therefore necessary to take urgent measures in order to verify this information. I talked to members of the Chechen human rights Council. They can not this information, neither confirm nor deny,” said Fedotov.
The head of the HRC considers that the investigation into allegations of harassment in Chechnya of the LGBT community should be engaged in the Prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee of Russia. “Good, yesterday they had to start doing it. After the publication in the media is the reason for the initiation of criminal proceedings and for a preliminary examination”, — he added.
That in recent weeks was arrested “hundreds of men” suspected of homosexuality, citing its sources 1 APR wrote “Novaya Gazeta”. According to the publication, at least three of them were killed. The newspaper’s sources in Chechen secret services called the wave of arrests of “preventive cleaning” and explained that it is connected with the intentions of the LGBT activists from other regions to hold rallies in several cities of the North Caucasus.
Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov, said that in Chechnya there are no representatives of nonconventional sexual orientation, and the publication in “Novaya Gazeta”, he called “an attempt to blacken the Chechen Republic”. “I declare that this newspaper material — the lies and misinformation,” he said.
Journalists “the New newspaper” promised in connection with the appeared information, contact the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General’s office and the presidential administration of Russia with the requirement to investigate.
The head of the press service of the interior Ministry in Chechnya Magomed Deniev then stated that the detention he did not know, and suggested that this publication could be “April fool’s joke”. “We have information “New newspaper” didn’t,” he said.