2017-04-20 13:05:00

Kremlin has no reasons not to believe info received from head of Chechnya on human rights observance in republic Peskov (updated)

Moscow, April 20, Interfax - The Kremlin "sees no reasons not to believe" the words of Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, that there is no persecution of representatives of sexual minorities in the republic, complaints on this matter are 'totally depersonalized,' Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Unfortunately or fortunately, there is currently no specific confirmations of this. This depersonalized information is not helping us clarify the situation. We have information received from the head of the republic and we have no reasons in this situation not to believe and not to trust him," Peskov said.

The Kremlin official said he does not know any other methods for getting protection except for making complaints to law enforcement agencies, which did not happen in this situation.

"We know that, when the law is violated, a citizen goes and complaints to the police, complains to the media [...] But there are no people, tell me, who are these people, where do they live?" Peskov said, responding to the journalists' remark stating that they have received relevant complaints.

"We are talking about some phantom, totally depersonalized complaints here," Peskov said.

Commenting on the remarks that these people are afraid of naming themselves, Peskov asked the question: "How can they then be protected or how can the situation be verified?"

"It's a somewhat absurd situation. Why are they afraid? Are they afraid of being given security? It's wrong, too," he said.