On 14 April Dmitry PeskovPress Secretary for the President of Russia, said "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area". Freedom of Expression, Including for the Press Journalists reporting on the North Caucasus remained particularly vulnerable to physical attacks or prosecution for their reporting. Retrieved 15 April According to Novaya Gazeta and credible NGO reports, during her visit to Chechnya, local authorities misled her and attempted to cover up the killings. Human Rights Watch urged to Russia to protect the activist and said that "The threats against Igor Kochetkov are very serious and deserve a prompt reaction by the Russian authorities. An anti-gay demonstration followed, along with posts on social media calling for gay people to be murdered by various methods.
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CS1 Russian-language sources ru CS1 French-language sources fr All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Articles containing potentially dated statements from June All articles containing potentially dated statements Portal templates with redlinked portals. The detentions began in February after a Chechen man who had allegedly committed a drug-related offense was stopped by police   and arresting officers discovered contact information for other gay men on his phone. Police Academy press still. At the moment, more than a hundred men have been informed of the detention.
On October 16, a surviving victim of the "antigay purge," Maksim Lapunov, filed a complaint with the Investigative Committee in which he alleged torture and provided information about extrajudicial killings.