The spiritual leaders of Muslim Chechnya have ordered that all couples who plan to marry prove they are HIV-negative.
The Chechen mufti's press service said in a statement this week that "any potential bride or groom is obliged to receive a medical certificate."
The mufti's orders have no legal weight but are generally followed because he is a respected spiritual leader and because of his ties to Chechnya's pro-Moscow leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
The order comes after the mufti and other spiritual heads demanded last year a total shutdown of all eateries during the holy month of Ramadan and ordered bands of armed men to harass women who did not wear head scarves.
compiled from Reuters reports