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Gay Chechen survivor: 'They tell the parents to kill their children'

Chenchen men and women hide in fear of being tortured or killed.
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France 24 - YouTube

A video report by French news network France 24 revealed some shocking news about Chechen efforts to eradicate homosexuals from the southern Russian Republic.

The report focuses on testimony from LGBT people who have taken refuge in an undisclosed location, managing to escape the Russian authorities who are reportedly placing them in concentration camps where they are tortured and allegedly killed.

One person in the report says gays have always been persecuted but never like this, “Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want."

The man continues to say that the orders to kill gays come from government officials who wish to “’cleanse the nation’ of people like us.”

Perhaps the most shocking allegation comes from one survivor who said, “They tell the parents to kill their children. They say ‘Either you do it, or we will.’”

In an example one person said, “They tortured a man for two weeks...they summoned his parents and brothers who all came.

“They [the authorities] said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.’”

It was then that the family took the accused into the forest; killed then buried him without a funeral.

However, Russian President Vladmir Putin has denied any such claims of homosexual torture or murder.

A spokesman for the Russian government says people giving the testimonies have no proof of their allegations and that is why they remain hidden.