Three French organization for the protection of LGBT rights was submitted to the international criminal court against the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov about the persecution of gays in the country. On Tuesday, may 16, according to Le Monde.
The applicants described the situation in Chechnya genocide and accused Kadyrov in torture camps for the extermination of homosexuals. One of the plaintiffs, Alexander Marseille (Alexandre Marcel), believes that an appeal to the court is the only way to stop the “Nazi behavior” at the international level.
BBC News reports that the lawsuit, in particular, referred to the death of 17-year-old young man. It was thrown from the window of the ninth floor. It is alleged that the crime involved an uncle of the deceased, who suspected his nephew for his homosexuality and wanted to “save family honour”.
“Interfax” reports that the Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova received from journalists of “Novaya Gazeta” personal data of the victims and handed them over to the Investigative Committee.
April 1, the newspaper published an article about mass arrests and killings of inhabitants of the Chechen Republic from-for suspicions in sexual orientation. Three days later, the anonymous testimony of detainees, who spoke about the torture in prisons. Moskalkova has questioned the validity of this information and stated that they are not prepared on their basis to draw final conclusions.
Prosecutors and other law enforcement bodies of Chechnya declared the beginning of checks on the facts stated in the article.
Kadyrov later denied the information about the persecution of gays in the country, and on 24 April, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin see no reason not to trust these words.
In early may, foreign Ministers of Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden addressed to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov with the request to investigate reports of repression against homosexuals in Chechnya.