Accounts echo those from 2017, when hundreds of men were rounded up and beaten

Two people have been killed and nearly 40 detained in a new crackdown on LGBT people in Russia’s Chechnya region, activists have said. The deaths were reportedly caused by the use of torture by police.

The reports on Monday echo those from 2017, when hundreds of gay men were rounded up by police in Chechnya and subjected to beatings and electric shocks in secret prisons, provoking international condemnation and sanctions.

Related: Victim of Chechnya’s ‘gay purge’ calls on Russia to investigate

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