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Setting the Record Straight on Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Purge

By Human Rights Watch
Today, the European Court of Human Rights handed down a ruling in the case of Maxim Lapunov, the only victim of Chechnya’s vile 2017 anti-gay purge who dared seek justice for the torture he suffered at the hands of local law enforcement. The court found Lapunov was “detained and subjected to ill-treatment by State agents,” which “amounted to torture” and was perpetrated “solely on account of his sexual orientation.” Click to expand Image Maxim Lapunov telling his story at a news conference in Moscow, October 16, 2017. © 2017 Human Rights Watch Lapunov took his case to the European Court in…

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