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Gay Men Persecuted in Chechnya

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Over 100 men in Chechnya are being brutally beaten and electrocuted because of their sexual orientation. reports that homosexual men in the Russian republic Chechnya are being held in the city of Argon in a way that is similar to the concentration camps Adolf Hitler established for Jewish citizens.
Human rights campaigners as well as independent Russian newspapers are drawing attention to the matter in hopes of freeing the men. An independent paper called the Novaya Gazeta reported that men from ages 16 to 50 began disappearing and it was eventually discovered they were being tortured and murdered.
The men are taken outside and beaten several times daily, as well as forced to sit on bottles and have their hands electrocuted. Chechen representatives and leaders deny all claims of the torture occurring saying, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” said a Chechen spokesperson Alvi Karimov to Interfax, a major independent news outlet in Russia.
For those who manage to escape, a majority are reprimanded and receive a more severe amount of torture. The maltreatment is sometimes so severe that victims die from the intensity.
Fortunately for victims, a Russian LGBT network has set up a hotline for those seeking help, and the network also hopes to continue investigating the situation and relieving the victims from their abuse.


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