Contents tagged with Chechnya

  • New battalion of Chechen military police sent to Syria

    A new battalion of military police from Chechnya has been sent to Syria to replace Chechen servicemen who have returned from the Middle East. This was stated by Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, in an interview on the RT television channel.

    According to him, servicemen who already have experience in counter-terrorist activities are sent to Syria. The Chechen soldiers will be sent to Syria on a rotational basis. “The battalions will replace each other every two to three months,” he …

  • At meeting with Putin, Kadyrov denied reports of murders of homosexuals in Chechnya

    At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov denied Russian media reports about the detention and killing of residents of the Republic suspected of homosexuality.

    "I want to report to you that those provocative articles regarding the Chechen Republic, about the events that we are having; allegedly there are detentions, gentlemen – ‘good people’ write that we have detentions in the republic. Even talking about it is uncomfortable. Allegedly, …

  • Three European countries have accelerated the procedure for issuing visas to homosexuals from Russia’s republic Chechnya

    The embassies of three European states have decided to expedite the issuance of visas to the residents of Chechnya that the Republic's authorities are persecuting because of their homosexuality, as reported by Meduza news outlet citing the head of the council of the "Russian LGBT Network", Tatiana Vinnichenko. She did not specify which countries are involved, fearing that representatives from Chechen diasporas could threaten the asylum seekers.

    In addition, Vinnichenko said that two meetings …

  • Information uncovered about a second prison for homosexuals in the Russian republic of Chechnya

    In Chechnya, the "secret prison" in which men suspected of homosexuality were held is located not only in the town of Argun, but also in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt , reported Radio Liberty citing Chechens who left the republic.

    According to sources, detainments were handled by the district police departments so that homosexuals were imprisoned in the same way as other offenders. Also, sources report that raids on gays began not in February but in December 2016.

    Law enforcement agencies of …

  • Media: Over a hundred homosexual men detained in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya

    More than a hundred men suspected of homosexuality were detained in Chechnya in recent weeks. Some of them have been killed, reports Novaya Gazeta.

    Among the detainees are representatives of the Chechen muftiate, including prominent, influential and religious leaders close to the head of the republic, as well as two well-known Chechen TV personalities.

    According to the publication, the information is confirmed by "an unprecedentedly large number of sources," including local LGBT activists, as …

  • Chechen military police battalion has returned from Syria

    TASS news agency reported that the Chechen military police have returned home from Syria. The battalion was in Aleppo for three months, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.

    "You carried out the protection of military facilities, ensured the safety of the peaceful population of Syria during humanitarian actions, supported public order in the streets and squares of Aleppo," the Head of the republic said at a rally in honor of the soldiers' return, and added that the Chechen military successfully …

  • A Russian national guard unit was attacked in Chechnya

    Russia’s TASS news agency reported, citing the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK) of Russia’s FSB, that a National Guard unit stationed in the Naursky District of the Chechen Republic was attacked by militants.

    According to FSB, six National Guard soldiers were killed. "There are also wounded soldiers," FSB representatives reported.

    The NAK indicated that on Friday morning at approximately 2:30 am, a group of six militants attacked a National Guard unit in a rural area of Naurskaya in …

  • Media: Residents of Chechen capital were forced to take part in a rally dedicated to the annexation of the Crimea

    Residents of Grozny said that they were forced to participate in a rally dedicated to the third anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea. The Caucasian Knot online news site did the main coverage for the story.

    "This was another 'obligatory' event. The rally took place in the center of the city, next to the 'Press House.’ We were handed flags of Russia and Chechnya, as well as United Russia banners. We had to stay at the rally for more than an hour," an employee of one of the local agencies, …

  • Kadyrov admits that Chechen special forces operate in Syria

    Chechen soldiers sent to Aleppo must "make contact" with the population of Syria, said the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, during TV program "Pravda Gurnova" (“Gurnov’s Truth”) on Russia's NTV TV channel.

    "They not only have the theory, but also the experience. They know how to identify, know how to find a common language with the people. Based on this, they were chosen in keeping with the work that has been carried out,” he said.

    According to him, before they to go to Syria, …

  • Media: Chechen security forces detained all who drank alcohol on New Year's eve in Grozny

    In Grozny, on New Year's eve, anti-alcohol raids were conducted in cafes and restaurants. The security forces detained all who drank alcohol, Grozny residents told the Caucasian Knot news website.

    "On the eve of January 1st, my friends and I were in a cafe in Grozny, gathered to celebrate the holiday. Suddenly the police stormed in and they detained three men, who were sitting at a table next to us and were drinking alcohol. Fortunately, we did not have any alcohol, otherwise, we would have to …