Contents tagged with Chechnya

  • Chechen leader Kadyrov faces problems in Muslim world

    Saleh ibn Baz, grandson of the former mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, has sharply criticized the leadership of Chechnya and refused to visit the republic. Adam Shahidov, an advisor to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, had invited Saleh to visit the Chechen Republic in the course of their personal correspondence.

    As reported by Kavkaz.Realii, Saleh ibn Baz reacted sharply to Kadyrov’s statement that the Wahhabites killed the supporters of the prophet Muhammad. In response, Shahidov …

  • Russia sends 300 troops from Chechnya to Syria

    About 300 military police officers from Chechnya have been sent to Syria to carry out special tasks in the 30-kilometer zone on the Syrian-Turkish border, reports TASS with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The Chechen soldiers left for Syria from an airfield in North Ossetia. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the military police will help with the withdrawal of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the weapons 30 kilometers away from the Turkish border.

    The Russian …

  • Russian Defense Ministry claims to possess ‘mind reading’ technology

    While the US is developing laser anti-missile defense systems, the Russian army is apparently preparing for psychic warfare.

    The official Russian Defense Ministry magazine Armeisky Sbornik recently published an article which claims that the Russian army has a method of “combat parapsychology” that makes it possible to hack computer programs, disrupt radio communication and read other people’s thoughts using willpower alone.

    “A person’s psychic reserves, even a soldier’s, can readily be …

  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture condemns Russia for human rights abuse in Chechnya

    The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture accused Russia of not cooperating on the situation in Chechnya and two other republics of the North Caucasus, Mediazone reported with a reference to the Committee's statement.

    The organization stated that torture in Chechnya shows the failure of the republic's authorities to fulfill their duties, as well as to the lack of state control over the situation. The committee believes that Russia does not recognize the seriousness of what is …

  • Media: Police in Chechnya required to study Akhmad Kadyrov’s biography

    Employees of some police stations in the Chechen Republic have received orders requiring them to learn the biography of Akhmad Kadyrov, father of the current head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. According to a report by “Caucasus. Realities,” the text of the biography was distributed in one of the republic’s police departments.

    Kavkaz.Realii reports that police workers are required to memorize facts from Akhmad Kadyrov’s biography.

    Chechen Interior Ministry officials are often given instructions …

  • Chechnya’s gas debts baffle Kremlin

    Russia’s senior leaders are still unsure how to respond publicly to the incident in Chechnya where the Grozny District Court ruled to write off the population’s gas debts to the amount of 9 billion rubles, provoking a wave of similar proposals in at least seven other regions, reports finanz.ru.

    This is a “very complex matter” and the Kremlin “has not taken a stance”, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said during a press conference on Monday.

    “In this case, the commodity has been supplied to …

  • LGBT community: 40 gays arrested in Chechnya since end of December

    Nearly 40 members of the LGBT community have been arrested and two have been killed in the Chechen Republic since the end of 2018 according to the human rights organization LGBT Network. The Chechen authorities have denied this information, Interfax reports.

    “The Russian LGBT Network has learned that, since the end of December 2018, there has been a new wave of men and women being arrested in connection with their presumed or real sexual orientation. According to the Russian LGBT Network, …

  • Amnesty International worker kidnapped and tortured in Russia

    In Ingushetia, Russia, a worker of the international human rights organization Amnesty International Oleg Kozlovsky was kidnapped and beaten, stated the press-service of the Russian unit of the organization.

    Kozlovsky arrived in the capital of Ingushetia Магас on October 5 in order to monitor peaceful protests that started after the signing of the agreement on the administrative border between two regions by the leaders of Ingushetia and Chechnya. 

    “The following evening, an unknown man …

  • Russian politician: Chechnya and Ingushetia on brink of war

    The conflict between the Russian republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya, which arose due to the establishment of administrative borders between the regions, could escalate into a war, but the Russian government is turning a blind eye to the situation, said Leonid Gozman, president of the Union of Right Forces political movement, in a blog on the Echo of Moscow radio station.

    According to Gozman, thousands of people have amassed in Magas, the capital of Ingushetia, to protest against the handing …

  • Putin hands over to Chechnya an oil company at Kadyrov’s request

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to transfer all shares of the public joint-stock company Chechenneftekhimprom to the Chechen Republic, which has been under Russian state ownership. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov had asked in 2015 about transferring the company to Chechnya.

    Putin’s decree was published on the Internet portal of legal information. It states that the decision has been made regardig the proposal of the Chechen and Russian governments “in order to develop industrial …