Memorial says Ramzan Kadyrov blames them for US sanctions that led to account deactivation
The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s anger over the loss of his Instagram account due to US sanctions probably led to ongoing attacks against Russia’s oldest human rights organisation, members of the group have said.
Memorial – the only human rights organisation with a presence in Chechnya – last week had its offices in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia torched by masked men. The attack came days after Oyub Titiev, the head of Memorial’s office in Grozny, the Chechen capital, was arrested for possession of six ounces of cannabis, charges that could bring a 10-year prison sentence.
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