Chechen gay purge
Sadly, there appears to be a gay holocaust occurring in the Russian controlled Chechnya. As we reported last month, Chechen prison camps are being used to round up gay men to interrogate and torture as the country appears to be purging LGBT persons from its population.
As survivors make their way out of Chechnya, some LGBT people are going public with stories of humiliation, torture, and killings.
All of this is happening as Russian and Chechen officials deny the existence of concentration camps.
But then again, a spokesperson for Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied that LGBTQ people even lived in Chechnya: telling the Interfax news group, “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.”
What follows is a report from LGBTQ Nation about a disturbing report that Ramzan Kadyrov plans to purge LGBT people by the start of Ramadan.
“Equally horrifying are reports that families are being asked to kill their gay children or authorities will do it themselves.
According to the British government, Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, plans to eliminate the LGBTQ community by the start of Ramadan, less than a month away.
As we previously reported, survivors have outlined abuses including electrocution and beatings, and shared that when and if they are brought back home, their families are told they should murder them in an honor killing.
Now we have a man who made it out alive sharing that sometimes families are invited to the prison sites and told to kill their relative, or else the authorities will do it themselves.
“They tell the parents to kill their child,” said the man, whose identity has been protected over fears for his safety. “They say, ‘Either you do it or we will.’ They call it, ‘Cleaning your honor with blood.
“They tortured a man for two weeks,” he continued. “They summoned his parents and his brothers who all came. They said to them, ‘Your son is a homosexual. Sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.’ They replied, ‘It’s our family, we’ll do it.’ The family took him and killed him in the forest. They buried him there. They didn’t even give him a funeral.”
The man said that if he were to go home, he believes his family would do likewise, leaving him to suffer the same fate.
“We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this,” the man said. “Now they arrest everyone. They kill people. They do whatever they want. They know that nobody will come after them. Because the order has come from above to ‘cleanse the nation’ of people like us.”