Homosexual Chechen men share stories of mass arrests, abuse

A few weeks after the horrific reports of the Chechen authorities torturing gay men made international headlines, a few former prisoners who managed to flee the “concentration camps” are sharing their stories. “They started beating me with their fists and feet,” one stated. “Then they tied wires to my hands and put metal clippers on my ears to electrocute me.”
One of the camps Photo Credit: Google Maps/Channel 2 News

After a Russian newspaper reported that the Chechen authorities rounded up homosexual men and placed them in camps, former prisoners who managed to flee the camps are sharing their horrific stories.

“My car got stopped at a Chechen police checkpoint and they asked me for my documents,” a man who escaped and asked to be identified only as Ahmed told CNN. “They looked at them and said: 'We are taking you.'”

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Another former prisoner explained that he was subjected to physical abuse at the camp: “They started beating me with their fists and feet. They wanted to get [the] names of my gay friends from me.”

“Then they tied wires to my hands and put metal clippers on my ears to electrocute me,” he continued. “They’ve got special equipment, which is very powerful. When they shock you, you jump high above the ground.”

Meanwhile, the employees at the newspaper that first broke the story are saying that they are fearing for their lives.

Last week, JOL News reported that more than 100 allegedly homosexual Chechen men were rounded up and sent to a “concentration camp.” At least three have been executed at the camp.



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