Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that at least three of those men have been killed in secret prisons described as "concentration camps". Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday said global attention to the story constituted a "massive information attack.to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs".
Saying that "Every man or woman on this earth is entitled to be treated with dignity", Biden also had a few words for Donald Trump: "I hope that the current administration lives up to the promises it has made to advance human rights for everyone by raising this issue directly with Russia's leaders".
Chechen officials and clerics are threatening the newspaper that first exposed the campaign of police abuse against men in Chechnya perceived to be gay, Human Rights Watch said today.
The publication aroused the anger of Chechen politicians and clergy, who called these data "lies and provocation".
Biden said that he was "disgusted and appalled by reports from both the Russian media and non-governmental organizations that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up, tortured, and even murdered individuals who are believed to be gay".
In the face of growing global concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence. This is a normal reaction to what they are trying to blame us for. The paper's editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, called on authorities to investigate the threats. He was supported by radio station Ekho Moskvy, which also experienced threats from representatives of the Chechen clergy and deputies.
On April, 16 rock musician Yuri Shevchuk expressed his civil position on radio station Ekho Moskvy, addressing with the open letter Minister of Chechnya on national policy, foreign relations, press and information Dzhambulat Umarov - earlier the minister demanded Novaya Gazeta to bring apologies to the Chechen people and "stop hysteria about non-existent threats".
"The leaders in Chechnya are saying that there are no gay people, so this information can not be true", he said, noting Russian Federation has said possible victims should reach out to their leaders. He noted that the media are needed to point out shortcomings and help "build a bright, enlightened, kind and strong Russia". "By the way, V.V. Putin always tells us to act this way", - Shevchuk suggested.