2017-04-25 10:16:00

Special services have no info on persecution complaints from sexual minorities in Chechnya Kremlin

Moscow, April 25, Interfax - The Kremlin has no reason to believe that Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, could have misled Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning the reports on persecutions of LGBT people in the republic, and the special services do not confirm this information, either, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.

"I repeat once again: We have no reason to presume that Kadyrov could have provided some wrong information to the president," Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"The thing is, the president uses information he receives from the special services, law enforcement agencies, and the Federal Security Service. There have been no complaints from citizens, contrary to what was mentioned in the said media reports. And therefore we have no reason to say that the facts stated [in the reports] actually exist," he said.

"Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the republic, fairly definitely called those reports libelous," he said.

"Until some statements attributed to persons are made on this matter - I mean not some abstract and impersonal ones but those attributed to persons - we have no reasons to mistrust the head of the republic," Peskov said in commenting on suggestions that Kadyrov could have mislead Putin regarding the reported persecution of gays in the republic.