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Chechen police complain to Putin over 'vile' newspaper

Moscow - A special forces unit in Chechnya has called on President Vladimir Putin for protection against "vile attacks" from independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta whose reporters have documented rights abuses in the republic.

'I am healthy' Chechen chief says after virus rumors

Moscow - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday said he is "healthy," even demonstrating that his arms don't have IV marks, after rumours that he was hospitalised with possible coronavirus.

Chechen leader hospitalised with suspected coronavirus: reports

Moscow - The strongman leader of Russia's southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was in hospital in Moscow on Thursday suffering from suspected coronavirus, news agencies reported.

Chechen strongman's strategy against virus — fear and threats

Moscow - Elena Milashina had received death threats before. But they were never so direct or brazen.

Russian court releases top Chechen rights activist from jail

Moscow - A Russian court granted parole Monday to Oyub Titiyev, the head of the Chechen branch of rights group Memorial convicted this year on controversial drug charges, the NGO said.The court "agreed to a parole request for Titiyev.

US imposes sanctions over Russia rights abuses despite revived ties

Washington - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the two powers.

Russian court jails top Chechen rights activist for 4 years

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday sentenced a top Chechen rights activist to four years in a penal colony after a drugs trial that has drawn condemnation from international groups.

Europe rights group rebukes Russia over Chechen torture cases

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe on Monday criticised Russia for failing to halt police torture of detainees in Chechnya, after an investigation found "credible allegations" of mistreatment of people in custody.

Russian prosecutors seek four years for Chechnya activist

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Monday asked a court to sentence a top rights activist in Chechnya to four years in a penal colony over what campaigners say are trumped-up drug charges.

Multiple attacks claimed by IS on police in Chechnya

Moscow - Armed assailants injured several policemen in attacks in three locations in the Russian republic of Chechnya on Monday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

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.
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