By: John MacKenzie, Staff Writer
A respected Russian newspaper says it has uncovered information that police in the Muslim stronghold of the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three have been killed.
Yesterday the Russian newpaper Novaya Gazeta said it had confirmed the information with sources in the Chechen police and government.
The report was denied by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s spokesman, who suggested there are no homosexuals in the Muslim-majority region. Ali Karimov said, according to the state news agency RIA Novosti, “it’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic.”
Chechnya is home to one of the largest mosques in the world, as well as home to Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev the terrorists who committed the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.