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Ian McKellen joins gay purge protest

Press Association logoPress Association 2/06/2017 Dominic Harris

Award winning English actor Ian McKellen has joined hundreds of protesters outside the Russian embassy in London voicing their anger against a "purge" of gay men in Chechnya.

The actor was among scores of people outside the embassy near Kensington Gardens on Friday to demand that Russia takes decisive action against those responsible for a brutal persecution of gay men earlier this year.

In April reports emerged of gay people being abducted, tortured and even killed in an anti-gay "purge" in the southern Russian federal republic.

Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that about 100 gay men were rounded up, tortured and killed by police, with others held in detention centres.

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