” she told “If they exist of course I will help them if they come to me.“But today if there was a member of the LGBT community, this person, knowing our traditions, could have simply gone to a train station, purchased a ticket and left without announcing it.” said its access to authorities and Argun prison was brokered through regional authorities “keen to demonstrate their innocence” and that journalists were closely monitored throughout their stay.“And they keep turning the hellish machine, and the pain is just insane, you scream, and scream, and you no longer know who you are.“Finally, you faint, it all goes dark, but when you come to your senses, they start all over again.HRW is calling on Vladimir Putin to publicly condemn the action and ensure an immediate shutdown of all unofficial detention facilities in Chechnya.One victim, speaking to the rights group, said: “The [police officials] spat in our faces, they called us disgusting, offensive names, they goaded us.
Shocking testimony detailing abuse by officials in the Russian federal republic follows claims first made in April that men were being tortured and killed because of their sexuality.
Kheda Saratova, Chechnya's Human Rights Commissioner and government advisor, claimed she had seen no evidence of the alleged persecution.
“I have never seen a single gay and none have ever brought me a statement, or even a verbal complaint, how can I confirm they exist?
A report this week by LGBT activists have helped about 40 more who fled the republic to other Russian regions, with many seeking asylum abroad.
Lithuania’s foreign minister said the Baltic nation had given refuge to two gay men from Chechnya.