</p> <p>The chair of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov, played a key role in anti-gay purges in the Russian authoritarian republic of Chechnya, Human Rights Watch has revealed in a report published today.</p><div class='code-block code-block-1' style='margin: 8px 0; clear: both;'> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block; text-align:center;" data-ad-layout="in-article" data-ad-format="fluid" data-ad-client="ca-pub-3582315701928315" data-ad-slot="4642392753"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div> <p>Daudov, a long-time ally of the republic’s notorious leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, personally oversaw the torture of men who were detained in secret prisons on suspicion of being gay, two detainees told Human Rights Watch. 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