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Fri May 5, 2017, 08:35 PM

Chechnya gay rights: Putin backs inquiry into hate crimes

Source: BBC

Chechnya gay rights: Putin backs inquiry into hate crimes

5 May 2017 Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed an inquiry into a reported crackdown on gay people in the republic of Chechnya, in the North Caucasus.

He said he would personally ask the prosecutor general and the interior minister to check the reports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week urged the Russian authorities to help protect gay rights.

Chechen officials have denied gay people even exist in the republic, amid reports of arrests and torture.

On Friday, Mr Putin said he would personally ask the prosecutor general and interior minister to help Kremlin rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova check the reported abuse.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39823237

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Earlier this week: Chechnya gay rights: Merkel urges Putin to intervene (BBC)

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