Gay Chechens flee threats, beatings and exorcism

Gay Chechens flee threats, beatings and exorcism
 

Family pressure has fuelled a sense of persecution felt by gay people in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region in southern Russia.
Dozens have fled and some have been granted asylum abroad, amid reports of kidnap and torture by Chechen security forces targeting gay or allegedly gay people. Chechen officials deny the reported abuses.
Olga Prosvirova of BBC Russian interviewed two of those who fled in fear. They requested anonymity, so their names have been changed.
Marko, a Chechen in her early 20s, will never forget the day her family found out she was gay.
"They said to me: 'Either we will... read more

 
6 April 2018 in World News, Views: 88
Source: BBC
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