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Gay men arrested, killed in Russia claims NYT report

Russian authorities deny arrest and killing of gay men.
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static.independent.co.uk - from Russian vigil for Pulse in 2016

A disturbing report was run by The New York Times on Saturday. They claim in an article sourced by a Russian newspaper that more than 100 gay men have been arrested and about three have been killed by the regime.

This news comes from the publication Novaya Gazeta and according to The Huffington Post their story cites government and police sources.

Recent rumors have been circulating that gay men have been vanishing from the streets of the Russian republic.

The men, between the ages of 16 and 50 have been arrested, “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” reports Novaya Gazeta through the New York Times.

Blame for the roundup is falling upon the local government, and three murder victims have been identified thus far, but it is thought there are more.

Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov denies the claims, a spokesman for Kadyrov asserts that there are no gay people in the country, therefore none can be detained.

“You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” spokesman Alvi Karimov said in a statement obtained by Radio Free Europe on Saturday. “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

Slate reported that the detention of gay men is a retaliation to gay rights groups trying to organize gay pride parades throughout the country. They persisted in the cause despite knowing that their permits would be denied.

 The Russian Federation does not condone homosexual behavior and currently has an anti-gay propaganda law which denounces LGBT expressions with steep penalties.