The Ombudsman of the Russian Federation suspected of false accusation in the reports of the persecution of gays in Chechnya

Moscow. April 20. INTERFAX – the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova has questioned the validity of statements about the alleged facts of the disappearance of homosexuals in Chechnya.

“I suspect that this is a provocation that is a false accusation. We need to bring to the end (…). I’m not ready today to make these conclusions, but the findings have to do. What is it, really hurt people, or someone wants to speculate on this?” – T. Moskalkova said during the meeting with the deputies of the state Duma Committee on civil society development, public and religious associations.

She noted that for further evaluation of her is hampered by the lack of specific names of people who allegedly suffered in Chechnya.

“Yes, promise to give, I have the opportunity to personally go, request to see their documents. The law on protection of witnesses and victims in the criminal process gives the opportunity for privacy protection, only nine measures of protection, it suggests that the country has created opportunities for people to fear, to protect,” – said Moskalkova.

According to her, all the queries on this situation was from abroad.

“I’ve got very high standards. However, all foreign. Then turned to me with the filing of our foreign. Asked the Ambassador of England, (the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn) Jagland (Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights Nils) Muiznieks, the high Commissioner for human rights (Zeid al-Hussein) Amnesty International that more than 100 people homosexuals disappeared in Chechnya”, – said T. Moskalkova.

She noted that he made five requests with the same rights and opportunities that she has, including the Prosecutor’s office, Investigative Committee, the interior Ministry, the Prosecutor’s office of Chechnya. They all gave negative responses – that there was no such crime.

“I talked with the initiators, they say, are afraid. It was stated about the loss and the two prisons with specific addresses in the town of Argun that there is supposedly a torture zone. I, having no interaction with human rights defenders, appeal to them to the journalists who work there, they leave the place, checking every corner – not true,” – said Moskalkova.

April 18, the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova said that law enforcement agencies have not received complaints about the abduction of people in Chechnya. She noted that he appealed to “the New newspaper” to report the names of the victims, as the lack of these data complicates verification of information.

Informed to “Novaya Gazeta” published a material that in Chechnya detained about 100 people suspected of homosexuality, and, in addition, killed at least three people.

The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov on 19 April during the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin has denied reports of arrests and killings of civilians in the Republic.