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Virtue Signaling and Chechnya

by baldilocks

In the last few days, it has been reported that the gov­ern­ment of the Chechen Repub­lic (Chech­nya) is putting homo­sex­u­als in “con­cen­tra­tion” camps.

Con­cen­tra­tion camps” for LGBT peo­ple have been allegedly opened up in Chech­nya where men have been tor­tured and killed because of their sex­u­al­ity, Novaya Gazeta reported. The alle­ga­tions came after a few eye­wit­nesses and sur­vivors said in inter­views with the Russ­ian pub­li­ca­tion that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret pris­ons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Repub­lic, Russia.

Around 100 gay men have been report­edly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chech­nya by the police. The “con­cen­tra­tion camps” are being used to force homo­sex­u­als to com­mit that they would leave the repub­lic, accord­ing to Novaya Gazeta.

The offi­cials in Chech­nya started tor­tur­ing the homo­sex­u­als after a Russia-​based NGO for LGBT rights — GayRus​sia​.ru — applied for a gay rights march in the cap­i­tal of Grozny [the Chechen cap­i­tal], reports said.

Mean­while, Chechen’s Pres­i­dent Ramzan Kady­rov, who is a key ally [sic] of Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, has been accused of set­ting up the camps to tor­ture gay peo­ple. He has denied the alle­ga­tion say­ing, “It’s impos­si­ble to per­se­cute those who are not in the repub­lic.” The Chechen gov­ern­ment sug­gested there are no gay peo­ple in their country.

And this is the key phrase in the report:

The Muslim-​majority nation of Chech­nya falls under Russ­ian fed­eral pow­ers and fol­lows tra­di­tional Mus­lim values.

A few per­ti­nent facts:

  • Chech­nya is 95% Mus­lim and is, basi­cally, owned by Rus­sia. The two enti­ties have a bloody his­tory that goes back centuries.
  • Mus­lims non-​pitchers have been per­se­cut­ing homo­sex­u­als for who knows how long.
  • Remem­ber Beslan?

In the past cou­ple of days, I’ve seen peo­ple act all sur­prised about this report and even won­der why Pres­i­dent Trump doesn’t do some­thing about it. Really? Per­haps they think that he should lob a few Tom­a­hawks on what is, essen­tially, Russ­ian soil. Yeah, that will fix everything.

Please, peo­ple. Is it too tough to do the barest bit of home­work before you virtue signal?

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

In the last few days, it has been reported that the government of the Chechen Republic (Chechnya) is putting homosexuals in “concentration” camps.

“Concentration camps” for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.

Around 100 gay men have been reportedly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chechnya by the police. The “concentration camps” are being used to force homosexuals to commit that they would leave the republic, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The officials in Chechnya started torturing the homosexuals after a Russia-based NGO for LGBT rights — GayRussia.ru — applied for a gay rights march in the capital of Grozny [the Chechen capital], reports said.

Meanwhile, Chechen’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally [sic] of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of setting up the camps to torture gay people. He has denied the allegation saying, “It’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic.” The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.

And this is the key phrase in the report:

The Muslim-majority nation of Chechnya falls under Russian federal powers and follows traditional Muslim values.

A few pertinent facts:

  • Chechnya is 95% Muslim and is, basically, owned by Russia. The two entities have a bloody history that goes back centuries.
  • Muslims non-pitchers have been persecuting homosexuals for who knows how long.
  • Remember Beslan?

In the past couple of days, I’ve seen people act all surprised about this report and even wonder why President Trump doesn’t do something about it. Really? Perhaps they think that he should lob a few Tomahawks on what is, essentially, Russian soil. Yeah, that will fix everything.

Please, people. Is it too tough to do the barest bit of homework before you virtue signal?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!