The brutal persecution of gay men in the Chechen Republic has recently made headlines around the world. According to Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s most influential independent newspaper, over a hundred men suspected of being gay have been abducted, tortured, and detained by local authorities. At least three men have been killed. Some international media outlets have even reported the existence of “concentration camps” for gay men that the Chechen government has allegedly opened.
Before news of the repression broke, many Western media stories about Chechen Republic Head Ramzan Kadyrov portrayed him as a clownish dictator obsessed with his Instagram account. In light of the latest news, though, he is now more correctly viewed as a brutal, repressive ruler.
For Chechnya’s suffering citizens, the gay issue is but the latest iteration of the perpetual violence that the North Caucasus republic has experienced under Kadyrov’s dictatorship. Deprived of access to
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