being gay in Chechnya, where they claim they were beaten, electrocuted and abused by police before fleeing the country.
The men, who were granted anonymity over fears of reprisal, gave Reuters accounts of their horrific ordeals at the hands of the authorities.
One of the men described being beaten by police after he refused to
hand over the names of other gay men he knew, only escaping further
torture after telling the authorities he was related to a policeman. He
was taken to his family, and was then handcuffed to a radiator before
his sister helped him escape.
"There was only one thing left to do: to get rid of me,” he said.
“Because it was such a shame for a military family, for a rather big
family. We [in Chechnya] have only one way to resolve this.”