Moscow (CNN)Amid reports of a brutal crackdown on gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya, a number of witnesses and victims are now bolstering allegations of mass arrests and torture.
Speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, one man who recently fled Chechnya after being arrested said hundreds of gay men like him are being rounded up by the authorities and held in appalling conditions in least three detention centers.
“They looked at them and said: ‘We are taking you.'”
One man shared a cellphone video with CNN which he said showed a friend being abducted and beaten by uniformed men more than a year ago.
In recent weeks, activists say the problem has become much worse, with hundreds of gay men being detained and subjected to horrifying abuse.
“They started beating me with their fists and feet. They wanted to get names of my gay friends from …