The Chancellor of Germany urged the President of Russia to investigate the cases of homophobic persecution in the Republic of Chechnya. During the rare summit Merkel demanded Putin not to stay indifferent to the violation of human rights in his country. Reports last month alleged that more than 100 gay men have been detained in a ‘purge’ in the region, with many feared dead. The staff of the newspaper that reported about the purge currently receives death threatens. “We believe in an exchange even if there are differences of opinion. We spoke about the rights and opinions of civil society here in Russia. The right to demonstrate is important in a civil society, and I also highlighted the roles of NGOs.” We have received negative reports on the way that homosexuals are dealt with in Chechnya particularly, and I asked President Putin to use his influence to [help] gay people in the region,” Merkel told Putin. He refused to reply.