Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation

Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation

Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation

The Russia LGBT Network told BuzzFeed that the us had allegedly declined to issue visas to help these people find a safe harbor.

For now, the U.S.is content to leave the fate of this persecuted group to the Russians at-large, an especially hostile nation to the LGBT community.

According to Buzzfeed, approximately 40 gay men have fled Chechnya under fear of torture and death, and those seeking visas to other nations are having no luck reaching out to either the European Union or the United States.

A spokesman for the group said the United Kingdom, which like the United States condemned the situation, also has not come forward to offer visas for the men to relocate there. Only two have managed to secure visas while a handful have fled Russian Federation without visas. He's been accused of having his critics hunted down. In response, a U.S. State Department spokesperson issued a statement as background that read, "As visa records are confidential under U.S. law, we are unable to discuss individual cases". "As visa records are confidential under USA law, we are unable to discuss individual cases".

A spokesperson for the State Department told BuzzFeed that the U.S.

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His country's decision was an "implicit message" to Russia, he said, because "we are taking care of Russian citizens".

Putin has pledged the Russian government will investigate the reports.

Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, chillingly maintains that Chechnya "does not have this phenomenon called non-traditional sexual orientation" while also calling for a "gay purge". Several of the reporters involved in breaking the story left Russiain fear for their safety after a Kadyrov adviser called them "enemies of our faith and of our country" in a televised rally in April.

"We were informed there was no political will", an anonymous Russia LGBT Network spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Linkevičius told media that his government "issued visas to two people from Chechnya who were persecuted due to their sexual orientation".

Under mounting public pressure, Vladimir Putin agreed to an investigation, but Ha'aretz reported last week that the investigation has already found that "there are no victims of persecution, threats or violence" and is likely already considered over.

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