2017-04-14 14:20:00

OSCE info on possible persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya needs verification Kremlin

Moscow, April 14, Interfax - The Kremlin said it has no credible information on possible persecution of LGBT people in the Chechen Republic.

"We don't have any credible information on any problems in this sphere in this region of the Russian Federation, the Chechen Republic. We pay attention to media reports, but we cannot take these reports as verified information, no matter how much we want to do that," Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

The Kremlin does not know of "any reports received by law enforcement agencies or complaints from people of non-traditional sexual orientation on this matter," he said.

"Maybe I'm wrong, maybe such complaints have been made," Peskov said.

Speaking about the statements made by OSCE representatives stating that there is an alarming situation in the sphere of the rights of sexual minorities in Chechnya, Peskov said: "If the OSCE in this case has more information than we do, the OSCE apparently has some reasons."

Responding to a question from journalists as to whether the law enforcement agencies are verifying reports on the persecution of sexual minorities in Chechnya, Peskov said: "I have no knowledge of that. Although information is most likely coming in and some verification activities are most likely taking place."

"If violations of the rights of specific citizens occur, they, as a rule, complain to the police and use the methods that are outlined in and envisaged by the law," Peskov said.