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Chechen Prosecutor Asks For Long Prison Sentences For Two Ukrainians

A prosecutor in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has called for two Ukrainian citizens convicted of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s to be sentenced to at least 22 years in prison. More

Four IS Suspects Arrested In Ingushetia

Russia's counterterrorism agency says it has arrested four suspects in Ingushetia that it says are linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Stanislav Klykh (left) and Mykola Karpyuk

Chechnya Jails 2 Ukrainian 'Separatists'

The Supreme Court of Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has found two Ukrainian citizens guilty of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s. More

Ramazan Dzhalaldinov says that he will not return to Chechnya for the time being and that his wife and children are staying in a safe place provided by rights groups.

Video Fearing Reprisals, Chechnya Whistle-Blower Keeps Family's Location Secret

A man who says his home was torched after he complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about official corruption in Chechnya is staying away from the tightly controlled region and keeping the location of his family secret for fear of further reprisals. More

Chechen resident Ramazan Dzhalaldinov (file photo)

Chechen Police Surround Whistle-Blower's Village

Police in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya have reportedly surrounded a village as part of a search for a resident who posted a video on the Internet calling for help from Russian President Vladimir Putin against corrupt local officials. More

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#FindKadyrovsCat: Comic John Oliver Joins Chechen Leader's Feline Hunt 

American TV host John Oliver has expanded the search for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's missing cat by asking viewers to troll Kadyrov's Twitter account with images of cats. It's working. More

Chechen Leader Denies Whistle-Blower’s Home Intentionally Destroyed

The home in southeastern Chechnya of Ramadan Dzhalaldinov, who sought last month to alert Russian President Vladimir Putin to blatant corruption among local officials, was burned to the ground during the night of May 12-13. Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied any involvement. More
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Russian Rights Activist Pays Price For Confronting Kadyrov

Human rights activist Igor Kalyapin has campaigned for years against police torture and abuse throughout Russia. But although he has documented dozens of cases in the southern region of Chechnya, he has not been able to bring even one to court. He has, however, attracted the personal enmity of its strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
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