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February 21, 2023
Missing Chechen Opposition Blogger Squashes Rumors Of His Death In Video Statement
A noted self-exiled Chechen opposition blogger who has been missing amid rumors that he was killed by people close to the Kremlin-backed authoritarian leader of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has announced that he is alive.
February 16, 2023
Chechen Man Detained At Moscow Airport May Face Torture, Rights Group Says
A Chechen man detained at a Moscow airport on his way to the Netherlands has most likely been sent back to Russia's North Caucasus, where he may face torture or even death for being gay, the SK SOS human rights group said on February 16.
February 10, 2023
Chechnya Lawmakers Change Kadyrov's Title To 'Father Of The People'
Lawmakers in the Russian region of Chechnya have approved a bill on changing the Chechen version of the official title of the region's authoritarian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, into what can be translated as "father of the people."
February 05, 2023
Russia's 2021 Census Results Raise Red Flags Among Experts And Ethnic-Minority Activists
The Kremlin released the results of the COVID-delayed 2021 census late last year, and the numbers have alarmed many among the country's non-Russian ethnic minorities, who allege they have been undercounted.
January 30, 2023
Five Months Of Hell In A Chechen Prison: A Survivor Describes His Ordeal
A comment on an Instagram post led to Muslim's descent into the hell of a prison in Chechnya, where he says he and other inmates were beaten and tortured. Five years after his ordeal, he describes what he went through and why.
January 21, 2023
'The Main Mistake Is Trusting Anyone': Woman From Russia's Daghestan Flees Forced 'Treatment' For Atheism, Bisexuality
Elina Ukhmanova, a 20-year-old physics student from Russia's Muslim-majority Daghestan region, is in hiding from her relatives. She says she ran away for the third time after spending months in a dubious rehab center undergoing "treatment" for atheism and bisexuality.
January 09, 2023
Authorities In Russia's Daghestan Interrogate Relatives Of Security Officer Who Defected
Emran Navruzbekov, an ex-officer of the Federal Security Service in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan who defected to the European Union in 2017, says his relatives have been detained for questioning for a second time in recent days.
January 09, 2023
Law Enforcement Officers Abduct, Detain About Twenty Civilians In Russia's Chechnya
Police in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Chechnya have abducted and arrested about 20 civilians in the village of Alkhan-Kala, sources close to law enforcement told RFE/RL on January 9, adding that the arrested men might face extremism charges.