Axar.az
UP

Axar.Az Logo

Russian police detain gay rights activists

Home page Incident
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

Russian police arrested about 20 gay-rights protesters demonstrating on Monday in St Petersburg against the treatment of homosexuals in the southern Chechnya republic, one of the detained activists told Reuters.

Axar.az reports a Reuters cameraman saw police bundling several gay rights activists into police cars at one location. The human rights group OVD-Info human, which monitors police arrests, said about 17 had been detained.

Western governments and human rights activists have long criticized the Russian authorities for their treatment of gay people.

Last month, Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that up to 100 gay men were being held and tortured in "camps" in Chechnya. It said at least three of them had been killed.

Chechnya's Moscow-backed president Ramzan Kadyrov denies that human rights are routinely abused in his republic and his spokesman has called Novaya's report "an absolute lie", saying there were no gay men in Chechnya to be persecuted.

Igor Kochetkov, a well-known activist in Russia's gay, lesbian and transgender community, told Reuters that he was among a group of 10 being detained in one St Petersburg police station. He said another group of about 10 had been transferred to a second location.

St Petersburg police were not immediately available for comment.

Date
2017.05.01 / 21:29
Author
Axar.az
Comments
See also

Blast hits Engen oil refinery in South Africa

5 injured as a result of an armed incident in a hotel in Turkey

Car bomb kills 26 people in Afghanistan

Iranian nuclear physicist murdered near Tehran

5.8-magnitude quake strikes off Japan

A powerful explosion in Iran

Death toll in the Izmir earthquake has reached 115

Another strong earthquake occurred in Izmir

Terrible earthquake in Izmir: 37 dead, 885 injured

Second earthquake in Turkey: 12 dead, 607 injured - Photo

Latest
 
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla