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On the LGBTQ Radar: What's Going on in Chechnya

On the LGBTQ Radar: What’s Going on in Chechnya!?

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It has never been easy to be gay in Chechnya. In 1996, the president of the Chechen Republic ratified a criminal code that outlawed “anal sexual intercourse between a man and a woman or a man and a man.” Article 148, based on strict conservative rules of traditional Islamic Shari’a law, made consensual gay sex punishable by caning. Third-time offenders could be punished by stoning or beheading.

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