Journalists fear reprisals for exposing purge of gay men in Chechnya

Gathering of religious and social leaders in Grozny passes resolution against ‘lies and libel’ in Russia’s Novaya Gazeta stories

The Russian newspaper that broke the news of the mass detention and torture of gay men in Chechnya has said it fears for the safety of its journalists after a televised gathering of religious and social leaders in Grozny promised “reprisals” against them.

Novaya Gazeta, one of the few remaining independent news sources in Russia, first reported on the anti-gay violence in Chechnya several weeks ago. Authorities have denied they are rounding up gay men, and dismissed the reports as lies.

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