US Congress passes resolution condemning persecution of gays in Chechnya

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US Congress has passed a resolution which condemns an anti-gay purge in the autonom republic of Russia, which is aggressively denied by the local officials and authorities. The bipartisan motion, House Resolution 351, was introduced on 23 May by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Republican is also part of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. It demands from Russia to investigate the situation and to provide measures against violence, releasing those who were detained wrongly. Speaking after the resolution was passed, Ros-Lehtinen said: “We will continue to stand united with the LGBT community and shine a bright light on these atrocities, which are encouraged by the evil Putin regime in Russia, in order to help ensure that those who are responsible for these crimes are held to account for their despicable actions.” Another LGBT Caucus member, Representative David Cicilline added that he is proud that the resolution is passed but it is only the first step and there is a lot of work to be done in it.

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