Russia asked to probe killings, torture of gays held in Chechnya

/ Apr 14, 2017

Russia asked to probe killings, torture of gays held in Chechnya

International organizations on Thursday urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse and killings of gay men in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported earlier this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya have ...

Feb 1, 2016

Chechen leader threatens Russian opposition leaders in 'sniper' video

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who rules his southern Russian region with an iron grip, on Monday published a video showing opposition figures in the cross hairs of a sniper scope. The clip, posted on Kadyrov’s popular Instagram page, features former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail ...

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Apr 24, 2015

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to “shoot to kill” if they encountered any unauthorized Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region. “I am officially stating that if (a soldier) appears on your ...

In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Mar 13, 2015

In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin’s health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rumor mill. On Thursday, the Russian president’s spokesman sought to quash such talk, saying in an interview that Putin’s health is “really ...