The Gay Purge in Chechnya


100. That’s the number of gay men that are estimated to have been abused, tortured, beaten, or killed by police forces in Chechnya since December of 2016, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, an independent advocacy group. Though these abuses first occurred in 2016, reports of them were not widely publicized until April of 2017, when a Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, published the story. Since then, news of the attacks has gained international attention with foreign leaders and advocacy groups calling on Chechnya and Russian president Vladimir Putin to conduct an investigation into the allegations. Despite the numerous reports filed by victims of the attacks, however, there have yet to be any convictions or even arrests of those responsible. The Russian Federal government insists this is because only anonymous reports have been made.

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