Chechnya Leader Denies Gay Torture Reports in Broadcast Meeting with Putin: WATCH
In an official meeting broadcast to Russian TV in which they discussed a variety of topics, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov denied reports that gay men are being detained and tortured in the southern republic.
According to a translated clip (below), Kadyrov expressed discomfort at bringing up the topic with Putin and claimed that a man who was said to be murdered was actually at home and said that these unconfirmed human rights reports about Chechnya appear two to three times a year.
During his meeting with Putin, Kadyrov indignantly denied the allegations, and Putin did not ask him any questions about it. But the fact that the meeting’s official record includes Kadyrov’s denials makes clear that both men deemed this issue important enough to include
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