Threats over gay crackdown coverage force Russian journalist into hiding – CNN.com

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Elena Milashina with her 2013 International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State. Photo in the public domain

CNN reports that Elena Milashina, the journalist who broke the story of Chechnya’s persecution of gay and bisexual men, has gone into hiding in response to death threats. CNN says:

Milashina, a journalist at the Russian-language Novaya Gazeta newspaper, said she abandoned her apartment in Moscow and plans to leave Russia altogether after Muslim clerics in Chechnya delivered a fiery sermon calling for “retribution” against her and other journalists.

“This is the first time we got that kind of threat, when 15,000 people got together in a mosque and announced jihad against all the staff of Novaya Gazeta,” Milashina told CNN in an interview. “It will last forever until the last of us dies.”

Read more and watch the video: Threats over gay crackdown coverage force Russian journalist into hiding – CNN.com

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