Despite the growing evidence of mass targeting of gay men in the region, a spokesperson for Chechnya’s Russian-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denied the reports, insisting that gay people do “not exist” in the republic.
The spokesperson added: “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”
The Prime Minister wrote that this response is "unacceptable", and confirmed that "the UK government has made it clear that this response, implying that such treatment towards LGBT+ people is tolerable, is particularly abhorrent."
Ms May ends the letter by confirming that the UK government "regularly" raises concerns about LGBT+ with Russian authorities, particularly the controversial Russian 'gay propaganda' law.
A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that survivors were choosing to remain anonymous because there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.Read the full letter below:
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Pleased to receive reply from the PM outlining measures UK is taking on plight of gay men in Chechnya. Crucial we work x-party & w/ allies pic.twitter.com/F16ZNwcte2— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) May 10, 2017