TRAVEL BAN | US Denies Visas to Russian Homosexuals Fleeing Prosecution

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The United States has declined visas to gay Chechens fleeing a wave of kidnappings, torture, and disappearances in the semi-autonomous Russian region, according to the organization Russia LGBT Network.

A group of around 40 Chechens are now in hiding in other parts of Russia, a Russia LGBT Network spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, and are having difficulty securing visas that would allow them to flee the country.

A US State Department spokesperson said in a statement provided on background that the department could not comment on the visa denials: “As visa records are confidential under U.S. law, we are unable to discuss individual cases.”

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