Gays Flee Muslim-Dominated Chechnya Over Threats, Beatings, ‘Exorcisms’

From Breitbart:
Homosexual Chechens are fleeing the region to escape hideous abuses at the hands of national security forces.

As Chechen officials deny the targeting of gay — and even merely suspected so — citizens, they continue to flee the area. In fact, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov does not see any problem at all. He maintains that there are simply no gay people in Chechnya in the first place.

An investigation by Chechen newspaper Novaya Gazeta, however, begs to differ. It found that, of course, not only do homosexual Chechens exist, they are regularly beaten and even tortured.

Kadyrov’s spokesman, Alvi Karimov, denied the accusations with ghoulish certainly. He declared that “even if such people existed in Chechnya, our law enforcement agencies would not need to bother with them, because their own relatives would simply send them to a place from which they would never return.”

But that was not the case for Marko, one of the many who have fled oppression. Her family did not kill her for her sexuality, but they did force her to undergo an exorcism to try and cure it. “He held my head and read verses from the Koran, and I knew I had to respond as a person possessed would,” she said. “I had seen enough YouTube videos to know what to do, and so I twisted about and shouted and said there were seven different demons inside me.” [...]

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