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Chechnya's Independent Streak Is Growing

Apr 20, 2017 | 09:03 GMT
Chechnya's Growing Independent Streak
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's ability to stabilize his autonomous republic has won him a great deal of latitude from the Kremlin to govern in the manner he sees fit.
(NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

For weeks, rumors have swirled that Chechen authorities have been detaining, torturing and killing homosexual men in the Russian republic. Foreign governments have called on the Kremlin to investigate the reports, but Moscow has been steadfast in its dismissal of them. If they prove accurate, though, the extent of the actions would serve as yet another example of how the autonomous region and its longtime president, Ramzan Kadyrov, continue to operate outside Moscow's parameters -- setting his presidency on a collision course with the Kremlin....

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