GROZNY, September 20. /TASS/. Chechnya’s investigative authorities have opened 18 criminal cases over missing people, Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova told TASS.
“There are criminal cases, investigations are underway. The cases concern 18 missing persons out of 31,” she said adding that two people were said to have died naturally.
“I will probe into that, but this information has been provided by law enforcement authorities. Another two people are alive, the authorities have pledged to ask them to come,” Moskalkova added.
Several publications in Russia’s Novaya Gazeta daily earlier claimed that in Chechnya, people were being persecuted, detained and even killed over their non-traditional sexual orientation. The daily claimed that some people were detained during special operations in Chechnya, and killed afterwards. On September 1, Moskalkova said that she had held a video call with family members of the alleged victims of persecution.
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