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Gay lawyer denies ‘triggering’ concentration camp for gay men in Chechnya

Gay lawyer denies ‘triggering’ concentration camp for gay men in Chechnya

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A gay lawyer has denied responsibility for the arrests and killings of gay men in Chechnya.

Nikolai Alekseev, a prominent LGBTI activist in Russia, has hit out at the ‘total lies’ in Russian-speaking media.

Human rights defenders have said at least 100 men have been arrested in Chechnya, with many being rounded up and kept in concentration camps.

At least three men have been killed. Russian LGBT Network and Amnesty are now working to free as many men as possible.

A Chechan government spokesperson has denied there were any gay people in the region to detain. They insisted ‘you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic.’.  The Kremlin also denied knowledge of a ‘purge’.

In some Russian reports, they have accused Alekseev of ‘triggering’ the arrests of gay men in the mostly Muslim and autonomous region.

One paper suggested the lawyer remotely requested to hold a Pride parade in Chechnya, and so officials responded by beginning the arrest of its gay citizens.

But Alekseev is fighting back against these reports.

‘I never applied for gay parades in Chechnya,’ he told Gay Star News.

‘It was applied in four other regions of the Caucasus which have nothing to do with Chechnya.

‘Novaya Gazeta report is full of lies. Including that I was not present to apply for gay parades at those four regions. I did it there personally.

‘The next lies is that those [applications] on 9-10 March provoked prosecution of gays in Chechnya. Second article already says it started in February. The new report of Radio Liberty says it started even in December 2016 and have nothing to do with the [applications] in March.

‘Total lies everywhere!!! I am fed up of this stupid coverage!’

It is true Alekseev has for several years requested to hold Pride parades in various regions of Russia.

Due to the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ ban, promotion of homosexuality to children is criminalized and therefore Pride parades are not allowed.

He hopes the European Court of Human Rights will force Russia to remove the ‘gay propaganda’ ban in favor of LGBTI people’s rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech.