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Russia's Gay Concentration Camp

According to a Russian news source, in Chechnya, Russia, in the past week, up to 100 gay men have been detained, and at least three men have been killed.

 

Chechyna has opened the first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler was in power. Campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shock, and are being beaten to death.

 

A Chechen government spokesperson denied that there are any gay people currently detained, insisting that “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic.”

 

The camp was reportedly set up by Chechen forces in a former military headquarters in the town.

 

Currently, the Russian LGBT Network, is running a support line for men fleeing the region. A local LGBT activist said that the network is working to evacuate people from the camps. As of now, some have left the region and escaped.

 

The UK Foreign Office minister called on Russia to investigate the mass detention of gay men in Chechnya.

 

Britain's LGBT news site, Pink News, hopes that Russia will protect citizens who may be at risk of persecution, that Russia follows their international human rights rules, and fulfill its duties.

 





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