Few people can find Chechnya on a map, but its president’s policies and pronouncements are doing its best to attract international attention — and not in a good way. A culture of violence and intolerance has been inculcated in Chechnya, and it continues to manifest there and beyond its borders.

Chechnya suffered a brutal and bloody civil war for three decades. To consolidate his rule, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has been accused of a brutal crackdown against all dissent, charged with extensive human rights abuses, including kidnapping, torture and murder, and former members of his security forces have been involved in political murders in Russia and its former republics, invariably targeting opponents of the Moscow government, Kadyrov’s ally.

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