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The arson attack that Memorial said happened in the early hours came a week after the chief of the group's branch in neighboring Chechnya was detained on suspicion of drug possession. The man's arrest has been widely regarded as a payoff by Chechen authorities for Memorial's work exposing rampant ...
If there is one man in the Russian Federation willing and able to plausibly out-Putin Vladimir Putin as an authoritarian, reactionary and violent menace to his own people, then he may be found in the Presidential Palace of the autonomous republic of Chechnya. Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, has for ...

It contained all the interviews he had conducted for his first two books--Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (New York University Press, 1998), and Black garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through peace and war (New York University Press, 2003). De Waal had only used a fraction of each interview in ...
Oyub Titiyev was on his way to a meeting outside Grozny, the capital of Russia's Chechnya region, when he was stopped by police on Tuesday morning. When his car was searched, officers found a package with 180 grams (6.3 ounces) of a substance that "smelled specifically of marijuana," according to ...
The head of the prominent Russian human rights group Memorial's office in Chechnya has been detained on a drug charge, according to Chechen officials and a lawyer for the rights defender. A fellow activist at Memorial dismissed the accusation against Oyub Titiyev as absurd, saying that it would be ...
A 60-year-old human rights activist in Chechnya faces up to 10 years in prison on drug possession charges that critics have said were trumped up by officials as revenge for his reports on rights abuses. Oyub Titiev, the office director at the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the southern Russian republic, ...

Grozny, January 3. /TASS/. US social networks play double games, Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov said commenting on the United States' reaction to restrictions imposed by Iran on some social networks amid protests. "For some reason, Washington does not want to know that the right to ...
Grozny, January 4. /TASS/. The man who shot dead the chief of the policy station in the Russian North Caucasus region of Chechnya on Wednesday night has been wiped out during a special operation, Chechen Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov told reporters on Thursday. "During a sweep operation, ...
News of his impending return to Chechnya was widely reported in Chechen and Russian media. And no one was more enthusiastic about the boy's return than Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed president of Chechnya, known for his love of social media and frequent Instagram postings. Russian ...
In his review of William Taubman's biography of Mikhail Gorbachev ["The Man Who Lost an Empire," NYR, December 21, 2017], Strobe Talbott also comments on two subsequent rulers of Russia: Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Yeltsin, like the last leader of the Soviet Union, writes Talbott, "was loath to use force or risk ...
"That's why I apologize to the residents of Chechnya, the leadership of Chechnya, the Chechens living in the North Caucasus and Europe." The report labeled him as a "mentally-ill person" and blamed the Western media for sensationalizing his story. This week Eskarkhanov, now living as a refugee in ...
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Russians, including the leader of Chechnya, under a U.S. human rights law that has been a major irritant between Washington and Moscow. The five Russians were targeted under the Magnitsky Act, passed by Congress in 2012 in response to ...
A US move to impose financial sanctions on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov over alleged human rights abuses has been branded "illegal" by Russia. "We consider these sanctions to be illegal, unfriendly," the Kremlin said. Washington has accused Mr Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian president Vladimir ...
police in Chechnya have arbitrarily arrested Oyub Titiev, head of the local office of Memorial, Russia's leading human rights organization, on bogus drug possession charges, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, FIDH and the World Organisation Against torture in the ...
Working in Chechnya -- one of the most dangerous places in Russia for human-rights activists -- Oyub Titiyev has kept a low profile personally, even as his organization churns out almost weekly accounts of alleged rights abuses in the North Caucasus republic. Titiyev, the head of the Chechnya office of the ...
This spring, I didn't believe a story that claimed that authorities--no longer vigilantes but actual police--in Chechnya were rounding up and torturing gay men, and that some of these men had apparently been killed, while others were released to their relatives, who were instructed to kill the men themselves ...
The controversial leader found himself locked out of both social networks on December 23rd, leaving him unable to post photos of himself snuggling tigers and death threats against Chechnya's and Russia's critics. A facebook rep told The New York Times that the company was legally obligated to boot ...

Ramzan Kadyrov, the wilful leader of Russia's southern Chechen republic, is talking about standing down. He says it is his "dream". However ...
In charge of spending "money from Allah," the Kadyrov Foundation has become an institution in itself in Chechnya, overseeing a web of ...
A former rebel who had led Chechnya since 2007, he was endorsed by President Vladimir Putin in March last year to carry on in the job, while ...
Then, in early November, Dzhalaldinov disappeared but contacted Gannushkina a few days later to explain to her that he had fled Chechnya after being summoned to Grozny on November 2 by Chechen First Deputy Interior Minister Apti Alaudinov. In a post on her facebook page, Gannushkina quoted ...
This past April 5, Ramzan Kadyrov, the longtime head of the Chechen Republic, arrived in Bahrain for an official state visit with the kingdom's ...
On September 4, 2017, Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, held a rally in Grozny that mobilized tens of thousands of Chechens against Myanmar's repression of Rohingya Muslims. In his speech to protesting Chechens, Kadyrov described the ongoing violence against the Rohingya as "a holocaust ...
On August 8, at around 6 p.m., a group of security officials approached Bakaev in central Grozny, Chechnya's capital, and dragged him into a car. There is little doubt he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Chechnya, which local strongman Ramzan Kadyrov runs like his own fiefdom, is a place ...
Senate Resolution 211, which was introduced by Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, is a companion resolution to a bipartisan measure the House of Representatives passed in June. "The Senate condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya and ...
It's been seven months to the day since The New York Times published an alarming report about state-sanctioned violence targeting queer men in Chechnya. The Times, citing Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta, had reported men believed to be gay or bisexual were being arrested and killed en ...
Kiev, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian lawmaker says a Chechen man sought by Russia on charges of involvement in a botched plot to kill President ...
Washington, D.C.--Human Rights First today praises the swift, bipartisan passage of Senate Resolution 211, a condemnation of the detention, ...
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 211 yesterday, condemning the violence against and persecution of LGBT people in ...
In mid-October, a gay Russian man became the first to officially accuse authorities in Chechnya of jailing and beating him as part of a broad ...
It was flat and dusty in the north-eastern corner of Chechnya; stunted trees dotted the landscape and sheep nibbled at the little greenery there ...
ramzan-kadyrov.jpg Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been blamed for the 'wave of persecution' against the homosexual community in ...
In August, Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakayev traveled from Moscow to Chechnya to celebrate his sister's wedding. Then, he vanished.
A Russian soldier has killed four of his colleagues at a base in Chechnya before being shot dead, the National Guard has said. The soldier, a ...
A Russian singer, rumored to be missing since attending a wedding in the conservative region of Chechnya, may have fallen prey to the ...
Zelimkhan Bakaev was last seen on August 8 in Grozny, where he had come from Moscow for his sister's wedding. His family say they haven't ...
A Russian singer who has been missing since August is now feared to have been detained by authorities and sent to an Anti-Gay concentration ...
Yesterday, I ran a news-conference at which a man described how he was rounded up and tortured during Chechnya's Anti-Gay purge in the ...
Maksim G. Lapunov, a gay man who says he was abducted and tortured in Chechnya, spoke at a news conference in Moscow on Monday.
"A few days ago," Bula said, "the police came to my parent's house in Chechnya. They demanded that I come back. If not, they said they would ...
A Russian activist on Thursday (28 September) urged the European Union to press the Russian Federation to investigate the alleged murder, ...
Instead, it's stories like these that remind the world that Chechnya still faces what many, ourselves included, consider to be genocide. And it's ...
They called out the name of the asylum seeker inside, Movsar Eskarkhanov, a 28-year-old from the Russian region of Chechnya, who had just finished his ...
"We immediately went to work when we heard that there were safe houses being established by the Russian LGBT Network (a Moscow-based advocacy group) for individuals that escaped Chechnya." Powell told the Blade that Rainbow railroad has helped to resettle close to 50 LGBT people who have ...
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered this weekend outside Stonewall for a rally organized by Voices 4 Chechnya, an activist group committed to ...
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, denies ordering a purge of gay men in the republic. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images.
They called out the name of the asylum seeker inside, Movsar Eskarkhanov, a 28-year-old from the Russian region of Chechnya, who had just finished his ...
She had just left her home in Russia's southern Chechnya region -- for good, she thought, first on a flight to Moscow to pick up emigration ...
On 27 January, Magomed Taramov was at his mother's flat assembling a baby bed to go in the small house he had built in a family compound.
Chechnya began an aggressive Anti-Gay purge earlier this year. law enforcement and security officials in the Russian Republic arrested more ...


 

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