Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has denied all reports of a gay purge in Chechnya, saying that “there is not a single concrete fact” proving that persecutions are really taking place. Reports from Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group aren’t enough for the minister or he feels they are unreliable. “We don’t see one concrete fact…on the issue of accusations of rights abuses of LGBT representatives in Chechnya or other parts of the Russian Federation. There is not a single concrete fact; there are no surnames. If there are facts, if there are surnames, then our answers will be concrete. But I repeat that we have no relation to the overwhelming majority of the allegations”. Mr. Lavrov claimed during the press conference broadcast by Agence France-Presse. Another top Russian diplomat, Dmitry Alushkin, also said earlier this month that LGBT persecutions in Chechnya wer a myth.