News Brief: Four More Prisons for Gay Men Have Been Found in Chechnya

by Aaron Shepard
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News Brief Four More Prisons for Gay Men Chechnya

News Brief Four More Prisons for Gay Men Chechnya

News Brief:  Four More Prisons for Gay Men Have Been Found in Chechnya

Journalists investigating the abuse of gay men in Chechnya have made a gruesome discovery. 

Respected newspaper Novaya Gazeta originally reported that gay men were being held in only two concentration camp style prisons in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt.  Journalists from the area now say they have uncovered evidence of a further four prisons, meaning there are at least six prisons in the region holding people because of their sexual orientation.  The newspaper also claims that the men, who face torture in jail, are only released once their families offer bribes to police. 

Editors of Russian newspaper have since said they fear that the “entire staff” on the paper are at serious risk after they uncovered the gay purge in Chechnya.  Since breaking the story the staff has received serious threats to their lives.  In a statement released by the editors of the paper, they detailed a meeting of over 15,000 people where Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s leader, reportedly accused the newspaper of defamation and declared it and the staff “enemies of our faith and of our country.”