A gay teen was pushed off a 9th floor balcony by his uncle after he outed to his family in Chechnya.
The 17-year-old boy, who we will call Alec, was killed to ‘wash the shame’ of having a gay relative.
Chechen police have told parents of gay men to ‘sort it out’ or the state will intervene.
The survivor, given anonymity by liberal Russian magazine Snob, spoke about his experiences of growing up in Chechnya.
He revealed when he opened up to his religious leader about his homosexuality, ‘horror, disappointment and disgust arose on his face’.
The mullah said to him: ‘As a Chechen and as a man I do not want to see you here. Neither in the mosque, nor in this district. I want you to leave now, because everything you said is the most disgusting thing you can find out.
‘I hope your relatives have the dignity to wash away your shame. Go away.’
The mullah had also told him of what happened to 17-year-old Alec whose family discovered his sexuality.
The boy was ‘dropped from the balcony’ of the 9th floor. Later, his family decided to ‘wash the shame’ and invited the uncle to carry out the act.
Doing this is remarkably similar to how ISIS, and another extremist Muslim groups, murder gay people in Iraq and Syria by throwing them off high buildings. ISIS consider gay people to be the ‘worst of creatures’.
The survivor also said this persecution of LGBTI people is nothing new, alleging it has been going on since at least 2009. Other groups persecuted include the disabled and race minorities.
‘Others were caught, killed and their bodies were thrown into the yard of their families, in some cases, the bodies just passed away, because according to Islamic laws, gay bodies are not necessary to bury.’
While arrests are nothing new, he claims he knew of people who had to pay 100,000 rubles ($1,720, €1,570) to police to stop being tortured.
Others promised to rat out ‘rich’ gay people in hopes to gain their freedom.
Survivors shared harrowing accounts of torture, in one case by a ‘home-made’ electric chair, and violence in the camps, so they would give up the names of other gay men.
Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the Chechen government, denied allegations of running concentration camp.
‘You can’t detain and repress people who simply don’t exist in the republic,’ he said.
And Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, swore to eliminate the country’s gay community ‘by Ramadan’.
Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, begins on 26 May this year.