In 2017, reports started circulating about the murders. There was torture, too. Violent extortion. Threats. People were “disappeared.” It was a gay purge. And it still is.

In the Russian republic of Chechnya, the gay community has been hunted. Read that word, and digest what it means. They have been hunted—and killed—for years.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the petulant MMA fighter turned Chechen leader, has vowed to “cleanse the blood” of his republic, forcibly eradicating the LGBT+ population. It is a humanitarian crisis that, despite the siren sounding three years ago in a flurry of investigative news pieces, has been essentially ignored by the Western world, even as the body count continues to climb.

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