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Human rights groups have previously documented torture and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by Kadyrov's security forces against opponents and Salafi Muslims.
Another gay man, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, told the AP that he was also arrested in Chechnya and held with dozens of others. Beside beatings, we were beaten several times a day with polypropylene tubes. “For 20-30 seconds they spin the handle, you feel the electricity, then you fall down, they stop it, and then immediately you come back to consciousness and you are ready again for a new discharge,” he said.
Putin last month met with Kadyrov in the Kremlin and the Chechen leader dismissed the reports. We have never seen anything like this,” said Tatyana Vinnichenko, head of the Russian LGBT Network, which is aiding about 40 gay men who have fled Chechnya in recent weeks.
“The so-called good people write that in our republic — I'm even ashamed to say it — people get arrested and killed,” he said. Vinnichenko's phones ring every few minutes as she coordinates efforts with other activists on hospital treatment, plane tickets and housing arrangements.
Anzor was lying on a dirty floor as a man in army boots jumped on his back.
His agony worsened when his captors started torturing him with electric shocks.