Prominent Chechen blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, who was denied asylum in Georgia earlier in 2017, has been detained in an immigration detention centre in Warsaw, Poland.
‘I was fourteen when I was kidnapped. I lived in a village with my parents, two brothers and my elder sister. I was a teenager by then, but mentally still a child. I liked playing naughty games: climbing trees, jumping from heights, fighting devilishly.’ [Read more…]
Five of the six Daghestani women who returned from Syria this autumn are still being detained. All of the women are mothers, some with infant children. [Read more…]
Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has said there are sufficient grounds to open a criminal case into Chechnya’s persecution of queer people, according to Russian news agency TASS. While human rights activists are continuing to push for a case to be launched, the Chechen authorities have continued to deny all accusations.
The wife of man detained for ‘consuming alcohol and drugs’ has been forced to apologise to Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov, after she accused police of behaving illegally.
Two women who returned with their children from Syria on 21 October are still in detention in Daghestan. The women have been prevented from meeting with relatives or to feeding their infants. [Read more…]
A chartered flight from Syria has landed in Chechnya’s capital Grozny, carrying 21 Daghestani and Chechen women and children.
Russian investigative bodies are not properly investigating the campaign of persecution against queer people in Chechnya, Russian rights activists announced during a press conference on 16 October in Moscow. The activists have been assisting queer Chechens flee the republic.
A chartered plane from Iraq landed in Moscow on October 11, with five children from Chechnya and Dagestan on board. The children’s parents had joined up to fight for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq several years ago.
The European Commission has confirmed that disappeared Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakayev has not entered Europe, according to Russian rights activists.