In Chechnya, “wanted to spit” on the HRW report on participation of authorities in raids on gays

Magomed Daudov

The representative of the Secretariat of the Parliament of Chechnya, Zelimkhan of Dzhamaldinov said that the speaker Magomed Daudov is not going to discuss the speculation of journalists. He said this radio station “Moscow speaking” in connection with the appearance of the report Human Rights Watch (HRW) called “”they Have long arms and they will find me.” A roundup of gay men in Chechnya in the spring of 2017″.

“This is not a serious issue (…). Media write anything, and if all respond, — we wanted to spit that write some of the European feeding corrupt journalists”, — said Dzhamaldinov.

Earlier on may 26 HRW non-governmental organization with headquarters in the United States published an article which confirms that from late February until the beginning of April the Chechen security forces conducted “a campaign of raids on gays”. It is alleged that the suspected homosexuality of men illegally detained and tortured.

“The Federal center should ensure the effective investigation of these gross violations of human rights”, — stated in the document. In addition, human rights activists have called on other countries “to provide safe refuge to victims who are in immediate danger of physical harm while they remain on the territory of Russia”.

According to the author of the report, it appears that Daudov (nickname Lord) played a key role in the organization of “cleansing” the region of the gay, approved by the Republican leadership. As told by several interlocutors Human Rights Watch from among the victims of the raids, they have personally seen Daudova, when contained in Argun and Grozny. Former captives said that the Lord watched as the police beat and humiliated the alleged homosexuals.

According to HRW, as of the end of may, new cases of illegal detention were reported. The author of the material is Tanya Lokshina, a senior researcher of the HRW Department in Europe and Central Asia programme Director for Russia.

Campaign against gays in Chechnya was actively covered by “Novaya Gazeta”. A number of departments began to check. The head of the Republic Ramzan Kadyrov denies that the persecution of homosexuals. In addition, he stated that “in the Chechen society there is the phenomenon called gay”.