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Minister of the Chechen Republic for national policy, external relations, press and information Dzhambulat Umarov was named editor-in-chief of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov, the conditions under which the conflict associated with the article about the persecution of gays in the country, is exhausted. The appeal was posted on the website of the Ministry in Instagram.

In the beginning of April, “Novaya Gazeta” has published an article which said about the mass detention in Chechnya people with a different sexual orientation. Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov denied the information of the newspaper and stated that the Republic of men “only one orientation”, as evidenced by the high birth rate. On the website of the newspaper later published a statement in which it was told about the threats to the address of the publisher. Editor-in-chief Muratov in conversation with RIA Novosti noted that the editors very rarely complains about the conditions of their work, but in this case the threat level “above the level of danger that can take on any media.”

“In order to once and for all to end this dangerous skirmish between us, you need to perform all three conditions. First, should apologize to the Chechen people for the disgusting stuff that you have circulated in the media, including social networks. Second, if such an apology will follow, please continue to oblige my colleagues, at least superficially, to see the mental specifics of the region and refer to the real sources with which they work. Thirdly, stop, finally, the hysteria about non-existent “threats” to, God forbid, didn’t take advantage of those to whom your newspaper has bothered us more than us. With this “phenomenon” we have already met…”, — stated in the message.

According to Umarov, the publication of “Novaya Gazeta” is “a vile provocation,” organized in the eve of the presidential elections. He noted that violence, in whatever form it is not expressed, unacceptable, therefore, must “immediately cease any provocation, from whom they had not proceeded”.

Earlier, the chief editor of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov asked the Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with the requirement to oblige the Investigative Committee of Russia to check on the facts stated in the report on mass detentions in Chechnya, people with different sexual orientation.

Council under the head of Chechnya for the development of civil society and human rights stated that it is not even found indirect evidence for an article about the persecution of homosexuals in the country. In a statement, the HRC emphasizes that in Chechnya appreciate human life”, regardless of racial, national, religious and other peculiarities of the personality”.

The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova promised to verify the “New” information. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the bodies of internal Affairs will also check this information.