Moskalkova appealed to the head of the TFR after refusing to bring a case about the persecution of gays in Chechnya
The Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova addressed to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin. The reason for the appeal was the refusal of investigators to Institute criminal proceedings after complaints from a resident of Omsk Maxim Lapunov, which refers to the persecution of gays in Chechnya.
“The test of action, in my opinion, are too long, it’s a question of whether to prosecute or not”, — quotes “RIA Novosti” Mrs. Moskalkova.
Tatiana Moskalkova told that Maxim Lapunov came to personal reception and told about the situation with gays in Chechnya. “From the information he gave, it follows that there are sufficient grounds to initiate criminal proceedings. A further consequence of the setting is another issue,” she said.
Earlier media reported that the move to Grozny two years ago a resident of Omsk has filed a statement to the Investigation Committee. In it he stated that he witnessed the use of violence in the Chechen prison against gays.
We will remind, about “hunting for gays” in Chechnya, first reported by “Novaya Gazeta” in April this year, presenting a list of 27 missing. According to the “Russian LGBT network”, 79 inhabitants of the Republic were forced to go abroad. Russia’s investigative Committee began preliminary examination, but so far not opened a criminal case.
In may, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin discussed the issue with Tatiana Moskalkova, and the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov promised to the Chairman of the presidential Council on human rights (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov to assist in the investigation. In June, Mr. Kadyrov called the message about the persecution of gays “nonsense”.