2017-05-23 13:15:00

Investigators verifying media reports on possible harassment of LGBT community in Chechnya ombudsman

Moscow, May 23, Interfax - The Russian Investigative Committee's department for the North Caucasus Federal District is holding a preliminary inquiry into Novaya Gazeta's reports on the harassment of the LGBT community in Russia's Chechen Republic, which should be finished on May 30, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said.

"Yesterday, I received a communication from the Russian Investigative Committee saying that, upon studying my first address and Novaya Gazeta's articles, a report was compiled on April 18 about some indications of homicide found in the actions of unidentified persons and that a preliminary inquiry has been launched and will continue for 30 days," Moskalkova told reporters.

She said the Investigative Committee department for the North Caucasus Federal District had registered her address.

"The inquiry is expected to be finished by May 30," she added.

"We are expecting an additional update on the results. Our employees will travel there when the [preliminary] inquiry is over in order to understand whether an inquiry is going to be denied, in which case the commissioner will have the right to see the files of the preliminary inquiry," Moskalkova said.