Russia’s shame

Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya. At the weekend, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed that the Chechen authorities are arresting, and alleged that they are killing, gay men.

Abuses by security services in the region have long been a stain on President Vladimir Putin’s human rights record, but until now gay people had not been targeted on a large scale.

The unknown number of gay men were detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” said newspaper Novaya Gazeta, citing Russian federal law enforcement officials, who blamed the local authorities.

Get on the phone again, Elton.

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