Putin has publicly commented on the situation with persecution of gays in Chechnya

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised responsible for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova to “speak” with the attorney General and the head of the Ministry of internal Affairs concerning the inspection reports of the persecution of gays in Chechnya, reports meduza.

“Of course, I will discuss it with the attorney General and Minister of internal Affairs so that they support you on the topic that you raised now, according to the known information or rumors, we can say about what is happening in the North Caucasus with people of different sexual orientation,” Putin said.

The Russian President added that he hoped the response and support from the interior Ministry and Prosecutor General’s office.

The situation with the persecution in Chechnya homosexuals Putin has publicly commented for the first time.

Moskalkova also asked Putin to “give the order, perhaps, to establish an interdepartmental working group which could, in the Central part, not on the territory of Chechnya, to accept complaints from citizens, if any”.

In early April, about the persecution of gays in Chechnya, wrote “Novaya Gazeta”. According to the publication, in the Republic on suspicion of homosexuality, was arrested about one hundred people were killed. About the persecution of gays in Chechnya also reported “Radio Liberty” and “Snob” with reference to its sources.

The authorities of Chechnya has accused “Novaya Gazeta” in a defamation, stating in particular that the country does not have homosexuals. Representatives of law enforcement bodies of the Republic stated that he had not received any appeal about the persecution of gays.

The Commissioner for human rights under the President Tatiana Moskalkova at the end of April declared that has sent five requests to various law-enforcement authorities about the persecution of gays in Chechnya, and all received negative responses. Messages, according to Moskalkova, compounded by the lack of names of the victims.

Reports about the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya has received a wide resonance outside Russia. So, German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting with Vladimir Putin on may 2 asked the President of the Russian Federation to use its influence to protect the rights of gays in Chechnya.