Journalists of “Novaya Gazeta” argued that the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has deceived the Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Kremlin on 19 April, when we discussed with him the publication about the persecution and murder of homosexuals in the country.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
“The new newspaper” has noticed that during conversation with the Russian leader Kadyrov mentioned the name of a resident of Chechnya, Has Tepsurkaev, which, according to the newspaper, was arrested during the persecution of gay people in the country.
“Good, in quotes, people write about what we have in the Republic — even to talk about it’s uncomfortable — people detained, killed. Even called one name — Tepsurkaev, Has”, – said the head of Chechnya.
The politician told Putin that mentioned the person was eventually discovered alive and healthy at home, and the publication of the “Novaya Gazeta” about the persecution of gay men’s sexual orientation called provocation.
The journalist of “New” Elena Milashina noted that the earlier edition did not publish the names of the victims from harassment, fearing for their safety. The fact that Kadyrov first called the name Tepsurkaev, says he was “high awareness” on this issue, the article says.
Recall that in early April, “Novaya Gazeta” published an investigation about illegal detentions, torture and murder of residents of Chechnya, suspected sexual orientation. Then the publication reported the existence in the Republic of secret prisons for gays.
After that Kadyrov urged the journalists of “Novaya Gazeta” on my knees to apologize to the Chechens. According to him, though the region was the persecution of the LGBT community, this would be known as “little Chechnya”. Editor of the “New” Dmitry Muratova was a little surprised by this argument.