Victim of Chechnya’s 'gay purge' calls on Russia to investigate

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Maxim Lapunov alleges he was held captive for 12 days and beaten by security forces who demanded names of gay men

A Russian man who alleges that he was kidnapped and tortured in Chechnya’s ‘gay purge’ has appealed to the government in Moscow to properly investigate the actions of Chechen authorities.

Maxim Lapunov is the first person to go public with torture allegations without hiding his identity. At a press conference in Moscow on Monday, he said he was held in a basement for 12 days in March and beaten by Chechen security forces, who demanded to know whether he was gay and for him to give the names of his sexual partners.

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