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Only one partner was legally eligible to adopt, with the other applying for a residency order.
Since then the law was changed again making it illegal for charities to discriminate against gay couples, a move which effectively forced the closure of all Roman Catholic adoption agencies in England.
But activists say the situation has not improved."The authorities' excuse was that no victims had made statements," said Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch (HRW). There is a lack of political will."Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen republic, has dismissed allegations of a "gay purge" as "nonsense" invented "by devils." He claimed in July that there aren't any gay people living in Chechnya."It should not be like this. We all have rights," Lapunov said as he recalled his ordeal.
"If those rights can be violated [in Chechnya], it could happen in any region.
A gay man has spoken publicly about how he was tortured and humiliated by police in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
Maxim Lapunov, who is from Siberia, said he was beaten with sticks and threatened by officers while held for 12 days in a blood-soaked cell.Judges in the Second Circuit court appeared unimpressed by the DOJ’s entry in the case, with Judge Rosemary Pooler describing it as “a little bit awkward” for government agencies to be on opposing sides.On being asked if the DOJ’s employment discrimination division had been consulted over the move, Mr Mooppann said it was “not appropriate” to comment.He claims he was seized by officers in the middle of the night in March by two men he did not know.He was taken to a police station where he was interrogated for hours and constantly beaten until he named another gay man living in Chechnya."They burst in every 10 or 15 minutes shouting that I was gay and they would kill me," he recalled at a human rights convention in Moscow on Tuesday (17 October)."Then they beat me with a stick for a long time: in the legs, ribs, buttocks and back.Heterosexual couples still make up the vast majority of homes provided for children who are adopted, with infants being placed with gay and lesbian parents accounting for around one in every 20 cases.