Merkel presses Putin over anti-gay purge in Chechnya

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German chancellor raises reports of torture and persecution of gay men during joint press conference with Russian president

Angela Merkel has urged Vladimir Putin to investigate reports of the torture and persecution of gay men in Chechnya and to ensure the safety of LGBT people across the region.

The German chancellor, making her first visit to Russia for two years, in a trip described by her officials as bridge-building mission, said she had raised the issue with the Russian president along with other human rights concerns.

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