Russia’s top investigative paper claims Chechnya operates six prisons for gay men

Totally innocent – claims no Gays in Chechnya

Russia’s foremost investigative newspaper claims it has located six prisons for gay men in Chechnya, casting doubts over its recent denials of reports that local gay men have been disappearing.

The independent weekly Novaya Gazeta published explosive reports citing LGBT activists and anonymous members of law enforcement in Russia earlier this month, detailing the detention of people of “non-traditional” sexual orientation in Russia’s conservative, predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya.