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"We have received about 30 unique messages since April 2", said Natalia Poplevskaia, the International Advocacy Officer and Monitoring Program Coordinator with the Russian LGBT Network.

Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov, dismissed the claims as "absolute lies and disinformation", The Huffington Post noted. "A climate of intolerance and homophobia prevails in Chechnya and is fostered by the Chechen authorities".

"The Chechen government denied [the allegations], although they don't deny that if they found this kind of people in Chechnya they would be killed".

Ms Poplevskaya told BBC that victims - either gay or just perceived as gay - are being held at a detention centre near Argun, 13 miles from the city of Grozny.

"The detention and ill-treatment of over 100 gay men in Chechnya is extremely concerning", said Baroness Anelay, the U.K.'s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, according to The Telegraph. His friend was beaten "with a hose and tortured with electricity". There have been reports of torture and three killings. "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", a spokesperson told the state news agency Interfax.

Now, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis is calling on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the arrest and torture of Chechen men and the reported prison to which they are being taken against their will.

Human rights organisation the Council of Europe branded the allegations "alarming" and ordered an investigation.

They report that trustworthy sources and witnesses have said three men have already been killed and perhaps a fourth.

Vigilantes claiming to be enforcing Muslim morals have long targeted gay people in Russia's North Caucasus.

In a statement on their website, the Russian LGBT Network addressed the reports with concern, saying they were "disturbed about the information" of the kidnappings.

"We got no response, despite all the appeals. That was only after Amnesty International filed their own statement", she said. The men are reportedly being brought to encampments which are being likened to the concentration camps of the Holocaust.

Presumably Putin is content to allow these human rights abuses to continue.

"When there are people elsewhere who are not afforded the same rights as we are, it's important that we stand up for them", Steve Taylor, the protest's organizer and a campaigner for LGBTQ rights, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


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