Not since World War II has a nation systematically used concentration camps to exterminate a specific facet of their country’s population.
Hitler’s Holocaust, considered to be the Nazi’s Final Solution for the “Jewish problem” in Europe, will forever live on in the annals of history as one of the most outrageous and heinous atrocities ever committed. Over 6 million of the world’s Jewish population were gathered, transported, abused, forced into slavery, and eventually murdered in evermore inhumane acts. The event shaped the world for decades to come, and the stigma of The Holocaust still haunt Europe to this day.
Now, over 70 years later, Chechnya is seemingly taking a page out of the Nazi’s sadistic playbook, and have opened concentration camps in order to exterminate their nation’s homosexual population.
“One of those who escaped told Novoya Gazeta that prisoners were beaten to force them to reveal other members of the gay community.
“Another prisoner who fled said that before being incarcerated in one of the camps, he had been forced to pay bribes to Chechen police of thousands of rubles every month in order to survive.
“Alexander Artemyev, from Amnesty International in Russia, told MailOnline: ‘We can only call on the Russian authorities to investigate the allegations. Homosexuals in Chechyna are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it.’
“‘They either have to hide or leave the republic. We are keeping in touch with the LGBT network that helps people in Russia to find shelter. The problem is people there cannot talk about it as it puts their lives and those they speak to, in danger. This is the main issue we are facing in Russia and the main challenge.'”
Russia, who themselves do not have an incredibly welcoming policy toward homosexuality, are seemingly the only national entity capable of reigning in the Chechnyans, which does not bode well for the abolishment of these camps…especially given that the Kremlin’s priorities are currently focused in Syria and Washington D.C.