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    Russia Urged to End Torture, Killing of Gays in Chechnya

    International organizations are demanding Russia investigate the abduction, detention and killing of gay and bisexual men in the country's southern republic of Chechnya.

    United Nations human rights experts on Thursday called on Russian authorities to "put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual in the Chechen Republic who are living in a climate of fear fueled by homophobic speeches by local authorities."

    "It is crucial that reports of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings of men perceived to be gay or bisexual are investigated thoroughly," they added.

    The appeals follow reports in the respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta that police in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya have rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed.

    Chechen authorities have denied the reports, while a spokesman for leader Ramzan Kadyrov insisted there were no gay people in Chechnya.

    "Nobody can detain or harass anyone who is simply not present in the republic," Alvi Karimov told the Interfax news agency. "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return."

    Separately, the director of the human rights office at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Georg Link, said Thursday that Moscow must "urgently investigate the alleged disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment'' of gay men in Chechnya.

    Novaya Gazeta also reported this month that Chechen authorities are running secret prisons, branded "concentration camps," in the town of Argun where men suspected of being gay are kept and tortured.

    After two separatist wars in the 1990s, predominantly Muslim Chechnya became increasingly conservative under late President Akhmat Kadyrov and then his son Ramzan.

    Russia Urged to End Torture, Killing of Gays in Chechnya

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    Russia lost mrn fighting the muslim scum who now rule the roost. Send in Blair and Bush who condemned it to sort it without flak jackets

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    it's the Muslim people who are involved in Chechnya not Russians that are cleansing their society .
    Why must Russia be involved, it's not their religion.

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    Kremlin: No 'Reliable Information' on Chechen Gay Killings

    MOSCOW —
    In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence.

    The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed.

    Chechen authorities have denied the reports. But the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights and prominent international organizations have urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse.

    But Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday: "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area."

    Novaya Gazeta said in a statement on Friday that it fears for the safety of its journalists after exposing the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, a Muslim-majority republic of Russia.

    Novaya Gazeta referred to a large gathering in Chechnya's main mosque earlier this week which threatened those reporting the story with "reprisals." The paper's editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, called on authorities to investigate the threats.

    The Russian office of Amnesty International on Friday echoed the concern about the gathering of Chechen elders and clergymen. It reportedly took place several days after the newspaper article and threatened retaliation against those who "insulted the centuries-old foundations of Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men."

    Amnesty International says it "considers this resolution as a threat of violence against journalists."

    In Washington, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement Friday, condemning the persecution and abuse of gay men in Chechnya.

    "The human rights abuses perpetrated by Chechen authorities and the culture of impunity that surrounds them means that these hate crimes are unlikely to ever be properly investigated or that the perpetrators will see justice," Biden said.

    The former vice president also called on the current U.S. administration to live up to its promises "to advance human rights for everyone by raising this issue directly with Russia's leaders."

    Kremlin: No 'Reliable Information' on Chechen Gay Killings

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    It is a sad story and horrible to read about how these men have been mistreated.

    However, it is ironic that the the current western guilt-driven over-compensation for historic injustice against gays by blindly charging ahead and redefining ancient traditions like marriage as a gesture of hand-wringing moral contrition could be stoking the flames of bitter resistance against social progress for gays in more primitive parts of the world.

    If the world had a more moderate and rational example to look to of the course and conclusion of emancipation for gay people in the morally progressive west then there might be less vehement resistance to social progress in those other more primitive parts of the world.

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    Putin Supports Plan to Investigate Reported Abuse of Gays

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Russia's human rights ombudsman he will speak with law enforcement officials about the reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.

    Tatyana Moskalkova asked Putin on Friday to support her request to form a group in Moscow to investigate the treatment of gays in the southern Russian region.

    Putin agreed to her proposal for investigating what he called "the well-known information, or rumors" about what is happening to people "with a non-traditional sexual orientation."

    The abuse was first reported in April by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which said about 100 suspected gay men were rounded up and tortured, and at least three were killed.

    Putin's comments reflect how Russian officials have played down the report. Moskalkova earlier said she doubted such abuse took place.

    Putin Supports Plan to Investigate Reported Abuse of Gays

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