Chechen Police Abuse Gay, Bisexual Men

russian police. photo credit: nicolay sidorov [public domain]

In a revival of the anti-gay crackdowns in Chechnya, police have detained and abused men suspected of being gay or bisexual.

Human Rights Watch put out a reportsaying at least 23 men were detained between September and April. This is the third crackdown in recent years, but unlike the others, Human Rights Watch says the police felt the inclination to detain gay and bisexual men independent of the government. 

“Russian authorities should immediately investigate the new wave of torture and humiliation by the Chechen police of men they believe to be gay and, finally, carry out an effective investigation into the purge of 2017,”  Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch said.

Chechen authorities have denied the reports of abuse, according to Human Rights Watch.