Chechnya: Women spearhead women-only taxi service | AFP

In the conservative Chechen republic of Russia, Fatima Dzhambulatova is one of the first drivers of a female-only taxi service. In the sparse office of Mekhkari, which means “girls” in Chechen, founder Madina Tsakaeva says she got the idea after realising she prefers to ride with female drivers, who were hard to find.

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Activist describes new ‘gay purge’ underway in Russia’s Chechnya

A Russian LGBT rights group is reporting a new wave of persecution against gay people in Chechnya, in which it says around 40 people have been arrested and two killed. Igor Kochetkov of the LGBT Network says people are tortured and abused by police, who then confiscate documents to ensure those arrested in the crackdown cannot flee the republic, as others have done previously.

Woman blows herself up at police checkpoint in Russia’s Chechnya (EXCLUSIVE)

A woman has blown herself up near a police checkpoint in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s Chechnya region, in an attempted terrorist attack. Swift police reaction ensured that the incident did not lead to any additional casualties. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9iss

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Egyptian football team arrives in Chechnya ahead of World Cup

Egyptian team arrives in Grozny, Chechnya

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‘Hands covered in blood, holding a knife’: Witnesses share chilling details of Paris attack

It’s being reported that the suspect behind a knife attack in Paris on Saturday was viewed by French intelligence as a possible threat to national security. The man, who’s thought to have been born in the Russian republic of Chechnya, was shot dead after he killed a passer-by in the city’s Opera district. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/955r

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Kadyrov vows to jail Trump & Merkel if they ever go to Chechnya

If Angela Merkel or Donald Trump ever visit the Russian Republic of Chechnya, they’ll be arrested and all their accounts on Chechen territory frozen, local leader Ramzan Kadyrov has mocked.

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How A 1999 Russian Bombing Led To Putin’s Rise To Power

David Satter is a US journalist who spent decades covering Russian politics before he was expelled from the country after claiming that President Putin and the FSB may have been involved with the deadly Russia apartment bombings in 1999. 

We talked to Satter about the bombings at PutinCon, a summit organized by the Human Rights Foundation that gathered together some of Putin’s biggest critics. Following is a transcript of the video.

David Satter: You had to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to see what was going on. And in particular, you had to be willfully ignorant if you didn’t see the implications of the Ryazan incident.

David Satter is a US journalist and expert on Russian politics. He was expelled from Russia after claiming that Putin and the FSB were behind the apartment bombings

Satter: In the summer of 1999 the approval rating of former President Yeltsin was 2%. There appeared to be no chance whatever that Putin, who was designated by Yeltsin as his successor could possibly become the next Russian president. The apartment bombings changed everything. It was said after those buildings went up that now we’re living in a completely different country.

More than 200 people were killed in the September bombings. Russia blamed Chechen militants, triggering the second Chechen War.

Satter: Putin came forward as the savior of the country. He was put in charge of a war in Chechnya. The bombings were blamed on Chechens without any evidence whatsoever, and as a result of the successful prosecution of that war, against all odds he was elected the next Russian president. The apartment bombings appear to be the keystone of a plot to confuse Russian public opinion, to create terror, to distract the Russian public, to redirect their anger away from the corruption that had flourished under Yeltsin, and toward the Chechens who had had for a number of years a semi-independent government in Chechnya and in that way create the conditions for the Russian people to vote in what they absolutely consciously did not want, which was a successor to Yeltsin who would protect Yeltsin.

There was an enormous amount of material in the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta which pointed to the possibility and in fact to the likelihood that the authorities themselves blew up those buildings. At the same time a fifth bomb was discovered in the basement of an apartment building in Ryazan, which is a city southeast of Moscow. And I went to Ryazan after the bomb was discovered and diffused to talk to local residents and it was clear from those conversations that what took place was a genuine attempt to blow up a fifth building. The authorities said that this was only a training exercise, but it was nothing of the kind.

And what was most important was that three persons were arrested for putting a bomb in a building in Ryazan. They turned out to be not Chechens, not terrorists in the usual sense, but rather agents of the Federal Securities Service which is the FSB.

I asked for documents from the CIA from the FBI, from the directorate of national intelligence from the state department. I got very, very little that was of any use. But I did get a few documents from the state department which indicated that their sources of information were telling them that the apartment bombings were extremely suspicious. You had to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to see what was going on. And in particular you had to be willfully ignorant if you didn’t see the implications of the Ryazan incident in which three FSB agents were arrested for putting a fifth bomb in a building, even though the bomb didn’t go off it was a live bomb. What was it doing in the basement of an apartment building?

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Finding refuge in Russia’s first LGBT shelter

A shelter which opened in April to house gay men fleeing Russia’s Chechnya region, after revelations of jailings and police torture there, has opened its doors to other LGBT people who are homeless or otherwise vulnerable. The shelter is run by gay support group the Moscow Community Centre.

Serviceman shot dead after killing 4 fellow Russian National Guard members in Chechnya

A Russian National Guard officer has killed 4 fellow servicemen at a military base in the southern Russian region of Chechnya. The shooter was subsequently gunned down. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8qgz

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‘Rohingya, we’re with you!’: Muslims take part in solidarity rally in Grozny

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Left Wing Violence & Trading Races: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the June 19, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News reports on the alleged torture and murder of gay men in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya. Plus, we explain why experts on right wing extremism are starting to take a second look at new political movements forming on the left.

We explain the current status of Brexit after the U.K.’s surprising election results. And, we play “Trading Races” – a new card game that asks players to rank the “blackness” of famous African Americans.

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Inside Chechen Prison Where Gay Men Say They Were Tortured (HBO)

As international attention narrows on the alleged persecution, torture and killing of homosexual men in Chechnya, VICE News Tonight reports from the conservative Muslim republic – meeting Kheda Saratova, a human rights advisor to the Kadyrov regime, and touring the prison allegedly used to detain and abuse the accused.

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Chechnya Abuse & The FBI Firing: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the May 11, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Congress mobilizes on the FBI firing. Gay rights activists are calling for action over the alleged detention and murder of gay men in Cechnya. One gay man who was tortured speaks to VICE. Plus, a look at the Democrats’ prospects for victory in the 2018 mid-term elections after House Republicans passed the Obamacare repeal bill. And, Meet Regina Joseph. Hedge funds and governments hire her to predict world events. We follow her on an assignment to see how she does it.

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Get low, Chechnya style: Helicopter flies mere meters above highway (of course it’s a dashcam!)

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A car’s dashcam captured a helicopter flying just above the Rostov-Baku highway, near Gudermes in Russia’s Chechen Republic, earlier in May. The chopper flew just several meters above a barrier dividing the highway lanes as cars and other vehicles whizzed past.

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CCTV cam: Armed militants launch deadly attack on National Guard base in Chechnya

Six Russian servicemen have been killed and several more injured in a militant attack on a Russian National Guard base in the Chechen Republic. The incident took place near the Chechen village of Naurskaya, 70 kilometers north-west of Grozny.

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Special op to find militants who attacked police in Chechnya, rep. head Kadyrov takes part

In a special operation, police have killed gunmen from a group that had attacked police in the city of Grozny earlier, the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, told reporters.

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Chechnya: Republic Of Contrasts (RT Documentary)

Russia’s Republic of Chechnya has undergone a revival after two military operations in its recent post-Soviet history. Today, the region is home one of the largest mosques in Europe, hosts international celebrities and even is trying its hand at high fashion. We explore this republic of contrasts to look at how the Chechen people have struck a balance between tradition and modernity.

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Running Supplies with the Dudayev Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 92)

Thousands of foreign nationals have flocked to join the fighting in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began last April. Though both sides have benefited from foreign fighters, many are Russian soldiers who traveled to Ukraine voluntarily or followed orders from their superiors, and most have fought with the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic. Their presence has helped tip the scales of the battle in favor of the separatists.

Many of the Russian fighters hail from Chechnya and are loyal to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. A former rebel in Chechnya’s conflict with Russia, Kadyrov switched sides and eventually became head of the Chechen Republic and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Ukraine, some Chechens that never abandoned the struggle against the Russian military back home are now fighting against the separatists, using their battlefield experience to help the Ukrainians defend their homeland.

One Chechen fighter has a history of confrontation with Russia that stands out from the rest: Adam Osmayev. Educated in a private school in the UK, Osmayev was arrested in Ukraine in 2011 and accused of plotting to assassinate Putin. He managed to avoid being extradited to Russia and was recently released from prison in November.

After securing his freedom, Osmayev traveled to eastern Ukraine to join the Dudayev Battalion, a volunteer group created by former Chechen guerrilla fighter Isa Munayev to fight pro-Russia separatists in the Donbass region.

When Munayev was killed last week during clashes near Debaltseve, Osmayev took control of the battalion. VICE News met with Osmayev to find out more about the battalion, and to follow his fighters on a supply run to the frontline near Debaltseve.

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