Following LGBT+ backlash against Putin in Russia, including this photo that Putin DOES NOT want you to see (so go look at it), it has been reported from inside Russia that gay men in Chechnya have been rounded up and placed in secret prisons.
The above image is the supposed site of this “secret detention facility” (the term human rights organizations are asking be used instead of Concentration Camps).
According to Amnesty International, violence against homosexuals has been prominent for some time in Chechnya. Their Russian arm reports that “honor killings” taken against gay men go unpunished by the Chechen government.
The following is an excerpt from a testimony given to the Russian LGBT Network from someone detained in the camp:
“Young man from Grozny, gay. Few month ago, he moved to N (one Russian city). He wanted to reside there, but did not manage to get a job, and was going to return to Chechnya in the middle of March. He tried to reach his friend back in Chechnya, but failed. In a week, his friend contacted him and told him, that he had been just released. He was detained by some security officials on suspicion of homosexuality. In order to get the confession, they beat him with a hose and tortured with electricity. He reported that about 30 people were locked in the same room together with him. According to him, the security officials themselves stated that the order came from the leaders of the Republic. The detained were forced to share the contacts of other gay men. The more the person informed, the longer he was detained.”
A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, denied these allegations because, he stated, “there are not in gay people in Checnya” and, if there were, the families would “send them somewhere they wouldn’t return from.”
The U.S. State Department has seemingly verified these allegations, which state that over 100 LGBT+ community members have been detained with some being dead as a result of their torture and treatment in the camps.
It is important in such moments to remember that the global LGBT+ community does not begin and end in the United States. Our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering under bonds of severe oppression, and it should be regarded as a duty to all of us to stand up and speak for and with them at such a time.
(Primary sourcing comes from Snopes, an independent fact-checking site.)