The Chechen Republic, or Chechnya, is a republic of Russia, located in the North Caucasus in the southernmost part of Eastern Europe, and not far from the Caspian Sea. Chechnya's capital is the city of Grozny.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the territory was split into two parts: the Republic of Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic, which wanted independence. Following the First Chechen War with Russia, Chechnya gained de facto independence, but Russian federal control was restored during the Second Chechen War. Sporadic fighting continues in the mountains and southern regions of the republic. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Chechnya.
The United States imposed sanctions on five Russians, including Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya and an ally of President Putin. Kadyrov is accused committing human rights abuses including murder and torture.
Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority has provoked worldwide protests – including in Grozny. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants to position himself as the protector of Muslims against Vladmimir Putin.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has substantiated claims that high-level officials have taken part in the humiliation and torture of individuals from Chechnya's gay population. The Russian president has backed a federal probe.