Russia’s relentless hunt of Chechens decades after Putin’s war

A person holds a sign reading ‘silence and lack of action = complicity’ as members of the Chechen community protest in Strasbourg, France, against abductions and disappearances in Chechnya. – AFP pic, May 5, 2022.

TWENTY years after Vladimir Putin flattened their capital Grozny in the same way that his forces are now destroying Mariupol, Chechens refugees in Europe still live in fear of Russia’s long arm.

Tens of thousands fled the small Muslim-majority republic in the North Caucasus in the aftermath of two bloody wars with Moscow, the last launched by Putin in 1999 to bring the breakaway region to heel.

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