Russia’s investigative Committee checks the information of “Novaya Gazeta” about the threats addressed to the journalists for the publication of materials about the mass kidnappings and murders of gays in Chechnya, reports TASS with reference to the press service of the Ministry.
“In investigating bodies SK across the Chechen Republic complaints about the persecution of individuals based on sexual orientation have been reported,” — said in the Department.
In “Novaya Gazeta” of requests from law enforcement agencies in connection with the publication of an article about the persecution of gays also didn’t receive, told TASS the author Elena Milashina. “The law on mass media, the Investigative Committee was obliged to respond within three days, maximum ten days, to begin testing in accordance with the 144th, 145th articles of the code of criminal procedure. Still there is no response,” said Milashina. According to her, representatives of the “Novaya Gazeta” asked the head of the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to influence the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin.
In early April, “Novaya Gazeta” reported that in Chechnya has begun to detain the men suspected of homosexuality. In addition, according to the publication, at least several people were killed.
The newspaper stressed that information about arrests and killings of gays in Chechnya was confirmed by the “unprecedented large number of sources,” including Republican control of the FSB, MVD, Prosecutor’s office and the administration of the President. The newspaper’s sources in the security services of Chechnya called the wave of arrests of “preventive cleaning”, which was initiated in connection with the intentions of the LGBT activists from other regions to hold rallies in several cities of the North Caucasus. The authors noted that in the near future we intend to apply to the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General’s office and the presidential administration of Russia and to demand an investigation.
Press Secretary of the head of Republic Alvi Karimov, commenting on the publication of “Novaya Gazeta”, said that “it is impossible to detain and harass someone simply not in the Republic.” However, he added that if in Chechnya “were people”, they’re family “would be sent via email no return”.
After a few days, “Novaya Gazeta” reported that detainees in the Republic gays are kept in “secret prisons”. One of such prisons, according to the newspaper, located in the town of Argun, and those in it contain — beaten, tortured with electric shocks, and “in the best case, released for a huge ransom.”
Chief editor of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov asked the Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Chaika with the request to oblige the TFR to check for given by the newspaper the facts.
In mid-April, “Novaya Gazeta” reported that the journalists received threats in his address. According to the newspaper, April 3 at the main mosque in Grozny has passed meeting of Islamic scholars and opinion leaders of Chechnya, where a resolution was adopted, one of which States that “punishment will overtake the true instigators, wherever and whoever they were, without a limitation period”. The Chechen mufti Salah mezhiyev in conversation with has confirmed that at the meeting there were calls for “retribution” and said that the journalists “how to answer” after the publication about the persecution of gays in the country.
After this, the chief editor of “echo of Moscow” Alexei Venediktov has compared the threats of the authorities and clergy of Chechnya to journalists with threats that are spreading banned terrorist organization “Islamic state”. “Threats like went to the address of Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estemirova, Boris Nemtsov,” he added, noting that “Echo of Moscow” together with colleagues from “Novaya Gazeta”. “We support you, friends, in your dangerous work,” concluded Venediktov.
Later, in response to this statement, Chechen mufti Salah mezhiyev, said that “this must not be forgotten or ignored”. Those who are trying to understand what is behind the word “Nemesis”, the representative of the Chechen clergy called “standing on the side of devils”. “The demand is no Statute of limitations, Allah Almighty is patient,” — said the mezhiyev, explaining that “the devils in the fullest extent of the law will answer for the slander.”
Author Elena Milashina said that personally her threats because of the publication were reported.
The Prosecutor General of Russia on 17 April confirmed that the verification of the facts about the mass abductions in Chechnya after the publication of “the New newspaper” has begun. The Ministry said that it has received requests “Novaya Gazeta”, as well as the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova, which was received in the office of the appeal from “the New newspaper”. The Prosecutor General’s office reported that the average review period is one month, and in special cases it is extended to 60 days.