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The authorities and the clergy of Chechnya openly threatened with death of Russian journalists

Chechen parliamentarians and members of the clergy, who previously played with the threats against staff of «Novaya Gazeta» published an investigation on the repression suffered by the Chechen gay, voiced threats against the editorial staff of radio station «Echo of Moscow», expressing solidarity with the employees «New».

April 1, the Russian «Novaya Gazeta», citing its own sources reported the detention, torture and «honor murders» residents of Chechnya, suspected sexual orientation.

Three days later in the Central mosque of Grozny held an emergency meeting of representatives of the Islamic clergy. At this meeting Adam Shahidov, the counselor of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has publicly accused the team of «the New newspaper» slander and called them «enemies of our faith and our homeland.» Shahidov’s speech and other speakers, was broadcast on local TV and are widely dispersed on the Internet.

The results of this meeting a resolution was adopted, one of which reads «Due to the fact that the insult to the age-old foundations of the Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men, and our faith, we promise that retribution will overtake the true instigators, wherever and whoever they were, without a limitation period».

According to journalists of «Novaya Gazeta», as well as their colleagues from the «media zones», «Lentech», TV-2, «Rain», «RBC», The Moscow Times and other Russian and foreign media, the resolution encourages the Chechen religious fanatics to violence against journalists.

All these media called on the Russian authorities to investigate threats against journalists.

The Chechen mufti Salah mezhiyev stated that authors of publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya will reach the «retribution of Allah.» The mufti called journalists «who stood on the side of devils, discrediting the Chechen people in the face of the clergy of the Chechen Republic».

We will remind, the investigation of «Novaya Gazeta» and the ensuing new publications, including in the Western media, reported that in the two Chechen settlements (the town of Argun and the village of Tsotsi-Yurt), there are secret prisons, which in December 2017, the Chechen authorities have begun to put homosexuals. According to sources, «New», in the last six months have been detained at least 100 people. Known the names of the three victims, but sources in the official bodies of Chechnya and local LGBT activists say that the victims much more.

3 April, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian law enforcement agencies to check the information about the persecution against persons with different sexual orientation in Chechnya.

On 8 April the chief editor of «Novaya Gazeta» Dmitry Muratov officially appealed to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a demand to compel the Russian Investigative Committee to start an investigation given New facts.

April 11, the lawyer of the international human rights organization «Agora» Andrey Sabinin filed a complaint with the Basmanny court of Moscow with the requirement to recognize the inaction of Chairman SK the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin illegal.

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The authorities and the clergy of Chechnya openly threatened with death of Russian journalists 16.04.2017

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