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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the country’s human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova in Moscow, Friday, to discuss the alleged gay rights violations in the North Caucasus.
Moskalkova told Putin that she had “sent a number of petitions” to Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and other Russian investigative authorities, and asked the president “to instruct, perhaps to establish an interdepartmental working group which could, in the central part, not in Chechnya, to accept complaints from citizens, if any.”
SOT, Tatiana Moskalkova, Russian High Commissioner for Human Rights (Russian): “I now deal with the issue of homosexual persons, from whom I received reports on violations of their rights. I have sent a number of petitions to the prosecutor’s office, investigative bodies. And I would ask you to instruct, perhaps to establish an interdepartmental working group which could, in the central part, not in Chechnya, to accept complaints from citizens, if any. Today, the validation is hampered by the fact that people are not willing to unveil their n ames. However, our law on the protection of witnesses, victims allows to use the powerful levers of state protection and to maintain the confidentiality of those applied while giving them the ability to hide their names, change their identity, if they are willing to reveal themselves, then we will be ready to defend and restore the rights.”
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Of course, I will talk to the prosecutor general, the interior minister, so that they will support you regarding the issue you raised and look further into what is happening in the North Caucasus with people of unorthodox sexual orientation whether it’s factual or rumored. This goes without saying. I hope, colleagues will respond and you will be supported.”
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