MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova intends to send her team to Russia's Chechen Republic to investigate alleged persecution of gay men, after which the commissioner may also pay a visit to the republic, she said Sunday.
"First of all I am planning that my team, team members specializing on criminal issues will visit [Chechnya]. Depending on the results, I will also travel there. I have to go there with concrete facts. I am receiving these facts. As soon as I get the package [of facts] needed for a dialogue with the authorities, I will travel to Chechnya," Moskalkova told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
On May 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Moskalkova that he planned to ask the Prosecutor General's Office and the Interior Ministry to assist her in inspecting the reported persecution of gay men in the North Caucasus. Moskalkova told Putin she had submitted relevant requests to the prosecutor's office and investigative bodies.