The head of Chechyna's regional government has opened a network of concentration camps for gay people, according to a local newspaper.
Novaya Gazeta also reports that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is preparing for "the final solution of the gay issue" - a reference to the Nazis' final plan for the elimination of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
Novaya Gazeta claims Kadyrov, a former rebel leader who is now a close ally of national president Vladimir Putin, is intent on “the complete cleansing of Chechnya from men of non-traditional sexual orientation."
With this in mind, the paper reports that a series of internment camps have been set up in Chechnya, whose inmates are either killed or forced to leave the semi-autonomous republic. One of the camps is based at a former military base in Argun.
Such camps would be the first centres dedicated to the extermination of sexual minorities since the Nazi death centres which killed millions during the 1940s.
One inmate cited by the report said he had been beaten in an attempt to extract the names of other LGBT community members.
The report comes just days after Kadyrov's regime said there were no gay people in Chechnya, adding that, if such individuals existed, there would be no need for the regime to deal with them - because their relatives would do so.