The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has announced his intention to introduce official collective punishment for the relatives of suspected terrorists. He spoke about the initiative in an interview with Russia Today on 19 April.
Since the beginning of the Second Chechen war, the Chechen authorities, with assistance of the Russian special services, have pressured the relatives of militants. At first glance, the approach has worked. However, the ongoing, albeit sporadic attacks on police, suggest that the nature of this success has been illusory.