Kremlin, Predictably, Refutes Reports of Gay Crisis in Chechnya

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says investigators have found no evidence that gay men are being rounded up, detained, and in some cases murdered in the republic of Chechnya, according to NBC News.

These claims, from a government that is also openly hostile towards gays, are very much in line with those Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov made earlier this week. Kadyrov called the reports suggesting that this situation has affected over a hundred men (and left three dead) a “massive information attack ... using the most unworthy methods, reality is distorted, attempts are being made to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs.”

During a meeting on Wednesday, part of which was televised, Kadyrov told Putin not to believe the “provocative” reports, which first ran in the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Since then, the reporter who broke the story, Elena Milashina, told the Washington Post that she’s fleeing Russia. Peskov told press that journalists have nothing to fear. I’m sure they’re all heaving heavy sighs of relief.


Earlier this week, CNN ran a report featuring an interview of a man who shared his experience in one of the Chechen camps that its president says doesn’t exist:

Some Pig. Terrific. Radiant. Humble.

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The worst thing to happen to me all week has been seeing some of my so-called “leftist” friends’ skepticism about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. They’re so wedded to an international mindset that sees the U.S. as the bad guy in places like Syria and Ukraine that it’s led them down a strangely pro-Putin path, as the best hope of “anti-imperialist resistance.” Not even the lives of gay men can dislodge them from their ideological prism.

Fucking tankies.