Russia investigates 'gay purge' in Chechnya

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Putin officials pursue claims of homosexual men jailed and tortured in republic ruled by Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov

Russian officials are actively investigating claims of a purge of gay men in Chechnya, a process that could lead to a showdown between Moscow and the local Kremlin-backed strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Dozens of men in the southern republic are reported to have been held in extrajudicial detention and tortured as part of a campaign against gay males in Chechnya that began several months ago. Many have fled and are in hiding in other regions of Russia or have gone abroad.

Related: Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’

Related: In macho Chechnya, being gay is an act of intolerable rebellion

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