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Kadyrov’s little Disney World of RøRRøH

Chechnya is host to the greatest crimes perpetrated against gay men in generations. But what are the social, political and cultural factors that have created this situation? Why has it erupted now? And can anything be done to stop it?

They put you face down on the floor and beat you with pipes. Then, they force other prisoners to carry on with the beating. Each man gets some 70-80 blows. And so it goes… And you literally turn black and blue from waist to toes.”

Welcome to Chechnya, a small autonomous region in the southern part of Russia, on the border with Georgia.

Since February of this year, law enforcement and security officials have been zealously executing an anti-gay purge in locations that have been likened to Nazi concentration camps, and called modern-day gulags.

Dozens of men have been rounded up on suspicion of being gay, held in prison for days, starved, tortured, abused, and humiliated. Some have disappeared and are believed dead, while many were sent home to their families, barely alive, as their captors encouraged relatives to carry out honour killings.

When the fearsomely independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the first reports of Chechnya‘s anti-gay pogroms on 1 April, it sounded too horrific to be true. Stories emerged of torturers attaching wires to the fingers, toes, and earlobes of captive gay men, electrocuting them until they fainted, only to repeat the process when they woke up. All the while, guards would hurl degrading, demeaning homophobic insults at the prisoners on a round-the-clock basis.

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The latest issue of the newly relaunched Winq magazine features an exclusive interview with Sherlock star Andrew Scott on his electrifying Hamlet and exploring his own inner darkness. There are also interviews with arist Grayson Perry and motorsport’s only gay racing driver, Danny Watts. We travel to Thailand and Rotterdam, get the background on the horrific abuse in Chechnya and ask if the pink pound can advance equality around the developing world. Packed with insightful commentary from a newly expanded panel of columnists, Winq is the journal for gay men by Attitude.
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