Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region run by Ramzan Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with a notorious private militia who is fiercely loyal to President Putin."Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya" is a sweeping statement that needs to be backed up by facts.
It's undoubtedly true, however, that homophobia is widespread in Russia, and this has been verified time and again, both in Russian and Western media.
Somehow the "Chechen" element in this ongoing story needs to be extracted and put aside. The problem is not "Muslims" and "Chechens" but the regime of President Putin himself, which promotes a thoroughly homophobic policy throughout Russian society, and is attempting to extend this to its colonies and fiefdoms. Ramzan Kadyrov may be an "authoritarian leader", but he is a puppet leader, acting at the behest of the Putin system.
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