LGBT activists 'arrested in Moscow as they demanded justice for gay people in Chechnya'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A group of LGBT activists have reportedly been arrested in Moscow as they launched an appeal on behalf of gay people in Chechnya.

The activists were trying to deliver an appeal to the Prosecutor General's office when they were detained, according to journalist and activist Nikita Safronov.

The appeal, signed by more than two million people, demands a fair and impartial investigation into the recent allegations of murder and brutality in the Chechen republic.

Safronov adds that the activists were arrested this public demonstration had not been sanctioned by the Moscow authorities.

Reports from Chechnya have claimed the LGBT community is subject to extreme violence, with reports that gay people face arbitrary detention and even murder.

The claims have been denied by Chechnya's president, Ramzan Kadyrov, who claims that there is not a single gay person in his republic. Russia's human rights ombudsman, Tatyana Moskalkova, has also suggested the reports might be a "false provocation."