“Merkel presses Putin over anti-gay purge in Chechnya” – The Guardian

“Angela Merkel has urged Vladimir Putin to investigate reports of the torture and persecution of gay men in Chechnya and to ensure the safety of LGBT people across the region.”

“Merkel also raised concerns over restrictions on the freedom of assembly in Russia, following the arrest by riot police of people demonstrating against the anti-gay campaign.”

” She said she was “not an anxious person” and was confident that Germany would weather any attempts at disinformation. But she made a point of citing cases of what she called “gross misinformation” spread by the Russian media, including the false claim that a 13-year-old girl of Russian origin had been kidnapped and raped by asylum seekers in Berlin and that the authorities had covered it up.”