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Detentions of gay and bi men have started again in Chechnya

Detentions of gay and bi men have started again in Chechnya
Donald Trump at the G20 conference, looking bored.Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to the organization Russia LGBT Network, the detention of gay and bisexual men in the Chechnya, a Russian federal subject, has resumed.

In April, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta revealed that around a hundred gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, were being held in secret detention centers, where they were tortured, sometimes to death. In the ensuing weeks, more reporting showed that homophobic repression was rampant in the country.

While Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the existence of gay people in Chechnya, Putin has promised an investigation into the reports.

The US ambassador to the United Nations has issued a statement condemning the detentions, but the issue has not been brought up in face-to-face talks between US and Russian leaders. There has been no indication that the issue was brought up during Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit on Friday.

Both German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron pressed Putin on the issue last month and the Russian president promised an investigation of the matter.

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