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A protester wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a rally in protest against Russian actions in Crimea in St. Petersburg in March 2014.

Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses. More

Caucasus Islamists Vow Allegiance To IS

A message posted online claims that Islamist militants in four regions of Russia's Caucasus have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. More

Novaya Gazeta's Yelena Milashina says she considers the article an open death threat.

Russian Paper Decries Chechnya 'Death Threat'

Investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta has appealed to the Kremlin and Russian police to step in after Chechnya's main government news agency printed what the newspaper described as a "direct death threat" aimed at one of its reporters. More

Belgium Detains Ethnic Chechens Suspected Of Fighting For IS

Police in Belgium say they have detained 16 people in raids targeting ethnic Chechen Islamist militants. More

Chechnya Leader Ramzan Kadyrov Suffers Broken Rib While Boxing

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed strongman who rules Russia’s restive Chechnya region, says he suffered a broken rib while boxing. More

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Longtime Chechen Parliament Speaker Dies

Chechen parliament speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, the eminence grise behind Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, has died at the age of 59 after a long illness. More

Embattled Makhachkala Mayor Wins Reprieve

An emergency session of the Makhachkala city parliament scheduled for June 29 has been postponed sine die, with no explanation. The session was to have voted no confidence in acting Mayor Magomed Suleymanov, of whom Republic of Daghestan head Ramazan Abdulatipov said last week that "he has completely forfeited the trust" of not only the republic head but of the government and the city's population, and can thus no longer serve in that post. More
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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