Russian government finally agrees to investigate homophobic purge in Chechnya

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BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International Airport on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The two-day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Muhly - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A close friend of the Russian government will investigate allegations of anti-LGBT persecution in the region of Chechnya. Russia’s human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova asked the country’s President to back her request to form a group in Moscow to investigate the alleged attacks on gays in Chechnya.As it was reported by Associated Press, Vladimir Putin agreed to do it, although he still has doubts whether ‘rumors’ about chasing gay people in the region are true. And the person charged with the investigation, Moskalkova, is a former major general of the Interior Ministry and ex-MP of a pro-government party. Human rights groups in the country criticised her appointment a year ago, particularly as unlike most of her predecessors, Moskalkova has a distinct lack of experience as a human rights activist. Putin’s comments reflected the unwillingness of Russian officials – including him – to acknowledge what has been called a ‘gay purge’.

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