There is not only one prison for gays in Chechnya, reports say

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Journalists investigating persecution of gays in Chechnya discovered that the situation is much worse than they thought. Respected newspaper Novaya Gazeta originally reported that gay men were being held in two concentration camp style prisons in the region. But as far as they know by now, there are four more prisons of such kind in the region. So, in total there are 6 prisons (at least!) in Chechnya where people are held captive for their sexual orientation. The newspaper also claims that the men, who face torture in jail, are only released once their families offer bribes to police. Editors of Russian newspaper have since said they fear that the “entire staff” on the paper are at serious risk after they uncovered the gay purge in Chechnya. In a statement released by the editors of the paper, they detailed a meeting of over 15,000 people headed by Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s leader, reportedly accused the newspaper of libel and declared it and the staff “enemies of our faith and of our country”.

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