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U.S. State Department Denies Visas For Chechen Gay Men Facing Torture and Concentration Camps

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, Russia LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News, and are having difficulty securing visas that would allow them to flee the country.

Since the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported the abuse of dozens of gay Chechens in April, just two have managed to secure visas to safe countries despite the European Union and the United States expressing concern about the allegations, Zakharova said. A handful of gay Chechens have fled without visas because they believed the danger of staying in Russia was too great.

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

Left with no way to get out, the gay men seeking visas continue to fear for their lives in Russia. The strongman who rules Chechnya with near impunity, Ramzan Kadyrov, is accused of having his critics hunted down both in other parts of Russia and outside Russia’s borders.  – Buzzfeed

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled straight rich Russian and Chinese investors yearning to breathe free.

Elections have consequences.

Gun Nuts To Hijack Newtown Massacre Anniversary, Plan “Guns Save Lives Day”

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Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundations and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says that he and fellow gun lovers are going to use the Dec. 14th, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook slayings to “re-brand” the day as pro gun because gun control groups are already politicizing the anniversary.

The Daily News:

In an appalling bid to “own” the Dec. 14 anniversary of the Newtown slayings, a coalition of gun lovers has announced plans to declare that horrific date “Guns Save Lives” day. “We are going to use the day to get our views out,” said Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. “We don’t want (pro gun-control groups) own that day. … We are gonna be there first.” It was a proclamation that had people who lost family members at the hands of a crazed gunman at Sandy Hook elementary school shuttering. “Dec. 14 is a sacred day for Newtown families that should be about our loved ones — not this disgusting political stunt,” said Erica Lafferty, the daughter of murdered Newtown principal Dawn Hochsprung. “These people will be trampling on the graves of the innocent children and educators who were murdered that day.”

Allan Gottlieb describes himself as “the premiere anti-communist, free-enterprise, laissez-faire capitalist.”  I call him a scumbag.

What’s stronger than disgust? The insane right wing nuts are making us invent new words now.