Chechnya is now charging gay and bisexual men with terrorist offences in a bid to stop them fleeing the country.
Authorities are searching for and detaining the men, saying that they are supporters of Islamic State.
Earlier this year, it came to light that the region was rounding up men and sending them to detention camps as part of an anti-gay operation
The Chechen government has repeatedly denied allegations that gay men are being detained and tortured.
That’s despite Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, having publicly declared that he wanted all LGBT+ people in the country to be eliminated by May 26, which marked the start of Muslim holiday, Ramadan.
Following increased international pressure, Russia was forced to investigate Chechnya and this reported ongoing abuse, but as of yet the republic has received no consequences for the treatment of its LGBT+ citizens.
However, Crime Russia now reports that Chechen security forces are searching for several homosexual men on suspicion of terrorism.
Families have already been forced to write and sign statements claiming that their relatives have fled Chechnya for Syria.
This comes just over 120 days since the first reports of gay men being detained and abused in Chechnya emerged, and a month after the Russian LGBT Network revealed that a new wave of arrests in the region has begun.