"I just responded. I just told you all the information I have," she added. After the interview began to go viral, hundreds shared their responses on Twitter, with many sharing how troubling they thought the Minister's behaviour was. One viewer said: "Clearly she was told was she can/cannot talk about, the latter with clear consequences. We know what happens to truth in Russia." While another added: "She looked terrified to even respond to the questions in anyway. This may not be limited to just Chechnya." Horrifying accounts of brutality and killings have been emerging from the Russian republic over the last three weeks, after Novaya Gazeta reported that over 100 gay and bisexual men aged 16-50 had been detained by authorities over the last few months. It was reported last week that Chechnya’s president Ramzan Kadyrov has vowed to “eliminate” the region’s gay population by the end of next month. The UK’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Sir Alan Duncan, revealed last week that the British government had been made aware of the horrifying threat while taking questions in parliament this week. “Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov,” Duncan said. “He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community. Sources have said that he wants the [LGBT] community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.”
Katie Couric asked a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman about the torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya.Her response is telling. pic.twitter.com/WOpZNCeDjJ — Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) April 28, 2017
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