British government to help LGBT community in Chechnya
Responding to a demand made by MPs, Ms. May said the issue was “deeply troubling”. “More widely, the issue of LGBT+ rights is one that the UK raises regularly with the Russian authorities. I can reassure you that we have raised concerns, particularly about the Russian law prohibiting the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations to minors since it came into place in June 2013.”
“Urgent action is also being taken to explore how best to provide support to the LGBT+ community in the region,” she wrote.
Ms. May said that the diplomats were “exploring possibilities for a joint démarche with international partners in the country,” in case the situation in Chechnya does not improve – Independent reports.
Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied that an anti-gay purge was taking place.
German Chancellor Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin last week to investigate.