Putin backs inquiry into Chechnya ‘gay purge’

Putin backs inquiry into Chechnya 'gay purge'

President Vladimir Putin has said he will intervene over reports of gay men in the Chechnya region being locked up and tortured. He told Russia's human rights ambassador, Tatyana Moskalkova, that he would personally "talk to the prosecutor-general and the interior minister". More than 100 gay men were arrested and tortured, at least two killed by relatives and one died in custody, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported in April.

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