Some are denying it, but there are reports coming out of the Russian republic of Chechnya that authorities are rounding up gay people.
Authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have launched an anti-gay campaign that has led to authorities rounding up dozens of men suspected of being homosexual, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights activists.
The newspaper’s report, by an author regarded as a leading authority on Chechnya, claimed that more than 100 people had been detained and three men killed in the roundup. It claimed that among those detained were well-known local television personalities and religious figures.
Alvi Karimov, spokesperson for Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, described the report as “absolute lies and disinformation”, basing his denial on the claim that there were no gay people in Chechnya. “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic,” he told Interfax news agency.
Gays have been persecuted in Russia, and Chechnya is considered by many to be the “backwater” part of the country, less developed and not as advanced. So gays do even less well there.
“I haven’t had a single request on this issue, but if I did, I wouldn’t even consider it,” Kheda Saratova, a Chechen activist who is on Kadyrov’s human rights council, told a Russian radio station. “In our Chechen society, any person who respects our traditions and culture will hunt down this kind of person without any help from authorities, and do everything to make sure that this kind of person does not exist in our society.”
This is pretty awful, but it makes even more remarkable that entitled left-wingers in America try to compare the conditions here as if they’re just as bad or worse than anywhere else in the world…
Check out this pretty decent little documentary pointing out what Chechnya has to do with the Boston bombing: