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FIFA 'concerned' by arrest in Chechnya of rights activist

Moscow - FIFA said Wednesday they were "deeply concerned" about the detention in Russia of a rights campaigner that drew international condemnation ahead of the World Cup.

Police, rebels among 7 killed in Chechnya church attack

Moscow - An attack on an Orthodox church Saturday in the mainly Muslim southern Russian republic of Chechnya killed two policemen and a civilian and left four rebels dead, officials said.

Chechnya's last rights group feels heat from strongman Kadyrov

Moscow - A recent arson attack on Russian rights group Memorial and the arrest of its Chechnya head are the latest steps by Chechen authorities to quash dissent as strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's influence continues to grow, activists and observers told AFP.

Chechen police raid rights group for third time

Moscow - Chechen police raided the office of human rights group Memorial on Friday for the third time this week in connection to the internationally condemned arrest of its director, the group said in a statement.

Gay Russian speaks out on police torture in Chechnya

Moscow - A gay man living in Chechnya on Monday went public to describe his detention and torture by police during a crackdown on homosexuals in the region ruled by strongman Ramzan Kadryov.

Russian activist urges EU to probe Chechnya gay abuses

Brussels - A Russian activist on Thursday urged the European Union to press the Russian federation to investigate the alleged murder, torture and abuse of gay men in Chechnya.

Ukraine's ex-PM to sue Russia in European rights court

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Monday he would sue Russia in the European Court of Human Rights over allegations that he fought Kremlin forces in Chechnya.

Chechen strongman draws huge crowd over Rohingya plight

Moscow - Thousands gathered in Russia's Chechnya region Monday for an officially staged rally over the plight of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority that placed local strongman Ramzan Kadyrov at odds with the Kremlin.

Gay Chechen dreams of 'normal life' after escape to France

Paris - "I always wondered what it was like to be happy," says Azmad, sitting in a Paris hotel room after fleeing a vicious wave of persecution against gay men in his native Chechnya.

Russia's Lavrov says 'no facts' on Chechnya gay persecution

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday insisted there were "no facts" in reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, as he batted away criticism levelled by French leader Emmanuel Macron.

Moscow activists detained over Chechnya gay rights petition

Moscow - Five rights activists said they were detained Thursday in Moscow as they tried to deliver a petition to the prosecutor general's office calling for a probe into a reported crackdown on gay men in Chechnya.

Putin backs check into Chechen gay attacks after Merkel plea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed an official check into reported brutal attacks on gay men in Chechnya in his first public comment after German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted him on the issue.

Russia detains protesters against Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Monday detained young activists protesting against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Chechen leader denies arrest of gays

Moscow - Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays.

Chechen leader says 3 jihadists, 2 police killed in shoot-out

Moscow - Three Islamic insurgents and two policemen were killed in a shoot-out following an attack on police in Russia's Chechnya region, strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Monday.

Fleeing Chechens stranded at door to EU

Brest - On a snowy day a commuter train leaves the Belarusian border city of Brest as usual for the town of Terespol in EU member Poland just a few kilometres away.

Chechen strongman not to be called at Kremlin critic's murder trial

Moscow - A judge hearing the murder trial of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday refused a request to call Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov for questioning.

Journalist jailed in Russia's Chechnya region

Moscow - A journalist in Russia's Chechnya region has been jailed for three years on drugs charges, colleagues said Wednesday, in a case slammed as fabricated ahead of upcoming elections.

Kremlin backs Chechen strongman for stability's sake

Moscow - Moscow's endorsement of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for another term is a bid to ensure stability in the crucial region, in a move analysts said turns a blind eye to the strongman's faults.

Putin backs Kadyrov to stay on as Chechen leader

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday confirmed that Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov will continue as interim leader and backed him in elections despite mounting criticism of his rule.

Rights group raided in Russia's Caucasus after assault on journalists

Moscow - Armed men raided the office of a prominent human rights group in Russia's volatile North Caucasus hours after an attack on journalists visiting the group sparked international outrage, activists said Thursday.

Journalists attacked on Chechnya press tour: Rights group

Moscow - A group of journalists on a tour organised by human rights activists in Chechnya was attacked by masked men on Wednesday, activists said, with their minibus burned and two reporters hospitalised.

Russian opposition slam Chechen strongman as 'national security threat'

Moscow - A ruthless and corrupt leader with his own private army who has carved out de facto independence for his restive region: Russia's opposition on Tuesday lashed out at Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov in a new report.

Kremlin downplays 'hooligan' cake attack on opposition leader

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed a cake-throwing attack on opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov and denied it was linked to a threat last week by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Russia opposition demands Chechen leader probe over 'sniper' video

Moscow - A Russian opposition party on Wednesday demanded a formal investigation into Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov after he posted a video of its leader in the cross hairs of a sniper scope.

Chechnya holds mass rally in support of pro-Kremlin leader

Grozny - Tens of thousands of people on Friday staged a state-sponsored rally in the Chechen capital Grozny in support of strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, days after he caused a furore by vowing to destroy critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chechnya leader calls for war on Putin's critics

Moscow - The strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, on Tuesday threatened to eradicate "enemy" opposition in Russia, raising more concerns about the fate of Kremlin critics and independent media in the country.

IS executioner of Chechen 'spy' was Russian: Kadyrov

Moscow - The jihadist who beheaded a Chechen man in an Islamic State video is an ethnic Russian from a far northern city, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Friday.
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