Chechen ‘fanatics threaten entire staff’ of Russian newspaper after it alleges abuse of gay men – Telegraph.co.uk

The paper reported that authorities are running a secret prison where men suspected of being gay are kept and tortured. Earlier this week, several hundred people attended a rally outside the Russian embassy in London, waving rainbow flags to protest the allegations. “Love is love,” read one placard, in Russian.

Chechen authorities have denied any wrongdoing. A spokesman for Mr Kadyrov has claimed such abuses are impossible since there are no gay people in Chechnya. “If there were any gay people in the region, they would have been dealt with by their own relatives,” he has said.

 Salakh Mezhiev, mufti of the Chechen Republic, confirmed on Friday that the resolution about retribution had been adopted

“The excerpts of the resolution quoted in the media are accurate,” he told Russia’s RBK newspaper. “But there were over 20,000 people in the mosque, not 15,000. There will be retribution.”

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