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Russia can’t confirm violence against gay men in Chechnya, Putin spokesperson says

In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s spokesman says the Kremlindoes not have confirmed information on the targeted violence.

The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed

Chechen authorities have denied the reports. But the United Nations‘ High Commissioner for Human Rights and prominent international organizations have urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse. globalnews.ca