/ Updated  / Source: Associated Press

MOSCOW - The leader of Russia’s Chechnya has invited the French president and the German chancellor to visit his region and check for themselves the reports about gay people being killed and tortured there.

The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported in April that gay men in Chechnya had been tortured and killed by police. The Associated Press last month spoke to two victims of the crackdown who backed the reports.

A protester holds a placard depicting Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov with the label "murderer," to denounce the anti-gay campaign launched in the Russian province of Chechnya, during a protest held in Paris, France on April 20, 2017.Ian Langsdon / EPA

On Monday, after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters he had raised these reports with Putin.

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Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov in a social media post Tuesday accused European leaders of relying on “false information.” Kadyrov said Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were welcome to visit Chechnya “in a search for the truth."

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