Two gay Chechen men who fled to Russia after allegedly being tortured have been returned to Chechnya and are in "mortal danger", a rights group says. The group said it helped the men escape to Russia last year to avoid arrest by Chechen police, officially for running an opposition Telegram channel. The group says they were later forcibly returned to authorities in Chechnya, a southern republic of Russia. Gay people and other sexual minorities face systematic persecution in predominantly Muslim Chechnya, where homophobia is widespread. The region's authoritarian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has consistently denied allegations of illegal detentions and human rights abuses.
Chechnya continues to torture gay men
Abduction, beatings, electrocution: Gay man describes torture in Chechnya
Anti-gay purges in Chechnya in the Chechen Republic , a part of the Russian Federation , have included forced disappearances —secret abductions, imprisonment, torture —and extrajudicial killing by authorities targeting persons based on their perceived sexual orientation. An unknown number of people, who authorities detained on suspicion of being gay or bisexual, have reportedly died after being held in what human rights groups and eyewitnesses have called concentration camps. Allegations were initially reported on 1 April in Novaya Gazeta ,  a Russian-language opposition newspaper, which reported that since February over men had allegedly been detained and tortured and at least three had died in an extrajudicial killing. The paper, citing its sources in the Chechen special services, called the wave of detentions a " prophylactic sweep". As news spread of Chechen authorities' actions, which have been described as part of a systematic anti- LGBT purge , Russian and international activists scrambled to evacuate survivors of the camps and other vulnerable Chechens but were met with difficulty obtaining visas to conduct them safely beyond Russia.
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He was 19 and for most of his life he had lived a relatively sheltered life near Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, the autonomous republic in southern Russia. Ricky-- a pseudonym-- had known he was gay since his early teens but had almost never dated. His relationships were mostly restricted to a tiny circle of friends who had discovered their sexuality together as they grew up. He was careful, he would normally only meet people 3 or 4 times a-year. They punched me and then they hit me with electric shock.
Ayub Kataev, head of the ministry of internal affairs for the town of Argun, showed a team from Vice News around its now abandoned police facility in an attempt to disprove the alleged abuse of more than men. Footage showed footprints on the floor of the abandoned facility, where empty rooms were filled with broken glass and furniture. News of the disappearances provoked global outcry earlier this year, prompting a rare pledge of a formal investigation from the Kremlin.