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Russia: Gay prisons in Chechnya 'unconfirmed facts' - Chechen leader Kadyrov02:28

Russia: Gay prisons in Chechnya 'unconfirmed facts' - Chechen leader Kadyrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 19, 2017 at 22:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, President Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (Russian): [off camera] "Which ones?"

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov alluded to recent media reports of arrests and killings of gay men in the Chechen republic, during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. The leader stated that the claims were "unconfirmed facts."

"So-called good people are writing that in our republic, it is even awkward to say, the people are being detained and killed" he stated.

He went on to make an example of a man named Tepsurkayev Hasu who was reported to have been killed while he was "alive and healthy at home."

In early April, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a report of mass arrests of gay men in the Chechen Republic. The article claimed that around 100 people were detained while at least three people were killed. Novaya Gazeta later published material on special prisons for homosexuals, where they have been allegedly tortured.

Russia: Gay prisons in Chechnya 'unconfirmed facts' - Chechen leader Kadyrov02:28
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SOT, President Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (Russian): [off camera] "Which ones?"

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov alluded to recent media reports of arrests and killings of gay men in the Chechen republic, during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. The leader stated that the claims were "unconfirmed facts."

"So-called good people are writing that in our republic, it is even awkward to say, the people are being detained and killed" he stated.

He went on to make an example of a man named Tepsurkayev Hasu who was reported to have been killed while he was "alive and healthy at home."

In early April, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a report of mass arrests of gay men in the Chechen Republic. The article claimed that around 100 people were detained while at least three people were killed. Novaya Gazeta later published material on special prisons for homosexuals, where they have been allegedly tortured.