Amnesty International has called the claims “credible.” Igor Kochetkov, from the Russian LGBT Network writes that there could be more victims, but these are the numbers that could be confirmed. “The local police makes every effort to prevent victims from leaving the region or applying to the courts in the future,” Igor Kochetkov writes. “They take away documents, they threaten the victims with the criminal proceedings against them or their close ones, and they force them to sign empty forms.”
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta partially confirmed the reports, saying a new crackdown on LGBT people in Chechnya was underway and quoted a post on social media, “I ask everyone who is still free to treat this message seriously and get out of the republic as soon as possible.”
Activists are reporting the purge is more violent and cruel than before, activists are trying to evacuate people from the region following the violence.