Chechnya and Russia have denied reports of mass torture of gay people in Chechnya. A newspaper published photos that appeared to show the mistreatment of more than 100 gay people in camps.
Ramzan Kadyrov, who has led Russia's Chechnya republic since 2007, has said it is his "dream" to step down, citing his heavy responsibilities. But the Kremlin seems unenthusiastic about the idea.
Opposition activist Nadezhda Mityushkina has won this year's Boris Nemtsov Prize, named after the murdered Kremlin critic. She told DW the persecution of political dissidents in Russia is growing worse by the week.
With four Arab teams at the World Cup, hopes were high one would reach the round of 16. Instead, all four are headed home after the group stage. Meanwhile Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has sparked controversy in Chechnya.
Peter Tatchell was arrested by police after unfurling a poster critical of Vladimir Putin. The incident highlights Russia's approach to criticism of the president as well as the state of gay rights in the country.
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