Forty men and women have been detained on suspicions of being gay with at least two dying after being tortured, according to the Russian LGBT Network. The reports, though, are being denied by the Chechen government who said they are “complete lies and don’t have an ounce of truth in them.” Despite this, the Russian LGBT Network has been closely monitoring the situation in the country since reports of mass detention of LGBT people was reported last year.
“Widespread detentions, torture and killings of gay people have resumed in Chechnya,” Igor Kochetkov, program director at the Russian LGBT Network said. “Persecution of men and women suspected of being gay never stopped. It’s only that its scale has been changing.”