At least three men have been killed after Chechen police arrested more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality, according to a respected Russian newspaper.
Newspaper Novaya Gazeta claims to have received the information about the incident from sources in the government and the Chechen police.
However it did not give any further details about how or why this happened.
A spokesman for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov denied the report, but also suggested that there aren't any homosexuals in the region, which is a Muslim-majority area.
Magomed Deniev, head of press in Chechny'as Interior Ministry, also ridiculed the reports, describing them as an April Fool's joke.
Mr Kadyrov, who assumed the Chechen presidency in 2007, has been accused of several human rights violations.
Despite being nominally a republic and maintaining a decades-long struggle for outright independence, Chechnya remains part of the Russian Federation. Mr Kadyrov is known to be a close ally of Mr Putin and critics have caricatured him as an enforcer of the Russian leader.