Angela Merkel Urges Putin to Protect Gay Chechens |

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Daniel Reynolds of The Advocate reports that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, urged Russia’s president, Vladmir Putin, in a face-to-face meeting to intervene on behalf of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, where more than a hundred have been arrested on suspicion of being homosexual. According to the article:

Unlike some other heads of state, Angela Merkel is unafraid to discuss LGBT rights with the president of Russia.

The German chancellor, during a rare trip to the Eastern European nation, revealed that she discussed the reported torturing and killing of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya with Vladmir Putin. Merkel also addressed last weekend’s anti-Kremlin demonstration, the largest in five years, in which hundreds were arrested.

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