Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner doubts reliability of claims of gay persecution in Chechnya
Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova has expressed doubt in regards to the reliability of the information on the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya. “I have suspicions that this is provocation, a false denunciation,” said Moskalkova.
“I am not yet ready to draw conclusions today, but conclusions need to be drawn. Have people actually suffered or does someone want to [create the illusion that that is the case]?” said Moskalkova at a session of the State Duma Committee on the development of civil society.
The commissioner also said that she would need the names of those who have allegedly suffered in order to verify reports of their persecution. Moskalkova has sent five inquiries to various law enforcement agencies in regards to the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya and has received negative answers to each of them. No such crimes have been registered, she said.