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A woman walks on an avenue named after Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of the Grozny city administration's building displaying portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Akhmad Kadyrov (R), former Chechen Republic's president and father of current Head of the Chechen Republic ...
MOSCOW, March 2 (RAPSI) - The Prosecutor of Chechnya has been authorized to provide supervision over investigation into Oyub Ttiyev, the head of the republic's office of Memorial NGO, according to the statement published on the website of Russia's Presidential Council for Human Rights (CHR) on ...

The topic of gays is only part of a large-scale information and psychological attack being carried out against Chechnya by organizations financed by the U.S. government and international organizations sponsored by Western intelligence agencies. In Chechnya, men have only one orientation, and its impact ...
In a New York Times photo, 4-year-old Bilal looks like any other kid sitting in bed, lost in a video game on a smartphone. But there is a back-story. Bilal grew up in Mosul, Iraq, living on the run with his father, who was a fighter for the Islamic State. And right there is the question facing officials in Russia ...
A criminal complaint says the Alexandria, Virginia, residents purchased more than 100 disassembled firearms and tried to ship them to Chechnya without a license, using false shipping inventories and disguising the parts as kitchen utensils and car seat covers. Postal employees told investigators the pair ...
GROZNY, Russia -- Every day, Belant Zulgayeva gets a knot in her throat watching her grandchildren play their violent games, what she calls their "little war." They talk very little, but they run around, hide and, occasionally, slam one another to the ground with a disturbing ferocity. Ms. Zulgayeva is on the ...

Ushukov's rise to stardom in Chechnya raises some concerns about the role of combat sports within Kaydrov's government, and whether it is simply an extension of his regime. Since then, Kadyrov has continued to blur the lines between militarism and athletics, including in the development of Chechnya's ...
Thank you for your letter regarding the abuse of LGBT people in Chechnya and related threats against journalists of Novaya Gazeta. As the issues of anti-discrimination and press freedom related to our events are under the responsibllity of the FIFA administration, President Infantino has asked me to ...
Neither Chechnya nor Kadyrov are known for skiing, and one of the reporters there was interested in another topic: What was his response to accusations by a Russian media outlet that Kadyrov's security forces had systematically rounded up members of the LGBT community and tortured or killed them?
Ushukov's rise to stardom in Chechnya raises some concerns about the role of combat sports within Kaydrov's government, and whether it is simply an extension of his regime. Since then, Kadyrov has continued to blur the lines between militarism and athletics, including in the development of Chechnya's ...
An artist has suspended himself from the top floors of a London art gallery in a bid to support LGBT people living in Chechnya. Russian-Brazilian artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich hung outside the Gazelli Art House for five hours, wrapped in a traditional Caucasian prayer rug -- usually used to cover corpses ...
Grozny, February 19. /TASS/. The man who carried out a shooting attack on an Orthodox church in Kizlyar, a town in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan, has no connection to Islam, Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said. "One can say with certainty that the bandit and his patrons, in case ...
Titiev was detained in Chechnya in January. He is accused of possession of drugs; the human rights activist himself claims that the drugs were planted. Later, Titiev's case was transferred from the investigative department of the Kurchaloy District MIA Main Directorate to the Investigative Committee for ...
Thank you for your letter regarding the abuse of LGBT people in Chechnya and related threats against journalists of Novaya Gazeta. As the issues of Anti-Discrimination and press freedom related to our events are under the responsibllity of the FIFA administration, President Infantino has asked me to ...
Oyub Titiev's case to be managed by Investigative Committee in Chechnya ... After Moskalkova and several members of the center Memorial demanded that the investigation be transferred to the federal level, Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that human rights activists are trying to exert pressure on ...
Brussels -- The European Parliament is calling for the "immediate release" of Oyub Titiyev, the jailed director of the prominent Russian human rights group Memorial's office in Chechnya. Lawmakers in the European Union's parliament overwhelmingly passed a resolution on February 8 urging "the ...

Focus on Europe. Lost daughters in Chechnya. Hundreds of Chechen men went off to fight with Islamic State in Syria, taking their wives and children with them. Their families hope at least for the return of the children.
Ramzan Kadyrov arrived in the Caucasus mountains to rows of people applauding him furiously. The leader of Chechnya had come for the official opening of the republic's first ski resort. As he's notoriously hard to get near to, that's where I'd come too - to question him on his human rights record.
It was supposed to take everyone by surprise: a campaign trip to Chechnya and Ingushetia, volatile republics at Russia's southern border that are considered political no-go areas to all but the invited. Ahead of presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak's trip, the few details of the journey were discussed in ...
Ramzan Kadyrov has been wielding power in Chechnya for more than twelve years, nearly seven of them as President of the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. Backed both politically and financially by Russian president Vladimir Putin, Kadyrov has cracked down on all forms of dissent.
Chechnya: Islamic State's fertile Russian recruiting ground. Of all the countries from which the Islamic State recruits its fighters, Russia tops the list. Most come from the republic of Chechnya, DW's Juri Rescheto reports. Missing Chechen ... The walls are high in this suburb of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.
Allegations of human rights abuses in Chechnya are a "myth" designed to destabilise the government, the republic's president has claimed. Ramzan Kadyrov's statement came after a prominent rights campaigner was arrested on drug charges and the offices of his group in a neighbouring region were ...
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 ...
"If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn't need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning." Speaking to TV channel HBO last July, Mr Kadyrov went even further: "If there are any gays…
Ramzan Kadyrov arrived in the Caucasus mountains to rows of people applauding him furiously. The leader of Chechnya had come for the official opening of the republic's first ski resort. As he's notoriously hard to get near to, that's where I'd come too - to question him on his human rights record.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has accused human rights activists of fabricating allegations of the abuse of LGBT people in the autonomous Russian region. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Kadyrov said "not one person" in Chechnya commits human rights violations. "That's all an invention by foreign ...
The intention is to create jobs, though even the developer conceded that it might be difficult to convince winter sports enthusiasts of the merits of Chechnya, where Russia brutally repressed an Islamist insurgency and where thousands of militants may be returning from Syria after fighting for the Islamic State ...
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 ...


 

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