For the first time since the fall of Nazism the LGBT community is once again a subject of concentration (reeducation) camps, but this time in Russian republic of Chechnya. According to Russian newspaper around 100 men are being held in camps and tortured.
The initiative reportedly came from Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, who had already silently allowed ‘honor killings’ of gay men by their families. However, he denies the existence of the camps. On the other hand Svetlana Zakharova from the Russian LGBT Network said, ‘Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region,’ and added, ‘Those who have escaped said they are detained in the same room and people are kept altogether, around 30 or 40. They are tortured with electric currents and heavily beaten, sometimes to death.’
Since March 2017 at least 20 people were killed. On one occasion Kadyrov even denied the existence of LGBT community in Chechnya.