There is no single fact of the oppression of gays in Chechnya – Lavrov

Moscow. July 13. INTERFAX – the Facts of discrimination of LGBT community do not exist in Chechnya, the Russian authorities would react in the framework of the current legislation, said Thursday the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“Despite the abundance of information that is still in the public space, and indeed as part of the investigation, which was entrusted to hold our Ombudsman, not a single name, and the fact that binds these messages to some city, some place or date,” said Lavrov at a conference in Berlin.

“If there are facts, then we will react”, – said the Minister.

“If any human rights violations against LGBT people in Russia will be fixed, I can assure you that our law is tough enough,” – said Lavrov.

4 April 2017 “Novaya Gazeta” published a material that in Chechnya detained about 100 people suspected of homosexuality, and, in addition, killed at least three people.

Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov denied this information, noting that “it is impossible to detain and harass someone simply not in the Republic.” In turn, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin does not have reliable information about the alleged persecution in Chechnya gay men.