Russian referee insulted over stadium PA system
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian soccer club Akhmat Grozny is facing punishment after its stadium's public address system was used to insult the referee during a game — not for the first time.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has imposed a heavy fine on one of the country's most prominent human rights activists for taking part in a small demonstration in Red Square.
MOSCOW (AP) — A governor in Russia's North Caucasus responsible for an unpopular land swap deal has stepped down.
Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said in a televised address on Monday that he was...
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Police in Russia's Chechnya province say that an attacker has wounded two officers before being shot dead.
The authorities said the attack happened in Chechnya's...
Rights activist in Chechnya freed on parole
ARGUN, Russia (AP) — A prominent rights activist in the Russian province of Chechnya has been released on parole in a case that generated widespread international condemnation.
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — A court in the Russian province of Chechnya granted parole Monday to a prominent rights activist whose conviction drew an international outcry.
MOSCOW (AP) — More gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an international human rights group.
MOSCOW (AP) — Some 10,000 people are rallying in Russia's North Caucasus to protest a land swap deal with a neighboring region.
Residents in Ingushetia's capital Magas gathered on the main...
KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities...
Top Chechen official claims blood feud against blogger
MOSCOW (AP) — The influential speaker of Chechnya's parliament has declared a blood feud against a popular exiled blogger in what appears to be another example of intimidation of critics in...
Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to commemorate Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was killed four years ago.
Chechen religious leaders re-open landmark mosque in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Religious leaders of Russia's republic of Chechnya have inaugurated a re-opened landmark mosque in Syria's Homs, once the symbol of the rebellion against President Bashar...
Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in Russia charged Monday.
The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia.
Reports: several gay men and women detained in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) — Several people have been recently detained in Russia's Chechnya region on suspicion of being gay, in a throwback to an earlier crackdown, activists said on Friday.
OSCE confirms massive human rights violations in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says it has confirmed "very serious human rights violations" in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.
The allegations include harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests, torture and even extrajudicial killings of LGBTI persons, suspected drug users and teenagers.
Chechen critic fears for his life as he faces deportation
MOSCOW (AP) — A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?"
The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns.
"I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on my guard."
He was apparently talking to one of the most feared men in the Russian province of Chechnya, Magomed Daudov, the right-hand man of strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
Russia’s highest court upheld land swap deal in Caucasus
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's highest court has upheld a land swap deal in the North Caucasus which caused large-scale protests.
Thousands of people rallied for days earlier this year after the leaders of the provinces of Ingushetia and Chechnya signed the agreement to exchange unpopulated plots of agricultural land. The deal and the secretive manner in which it was adopted fueled a popular view that authorities had betrayed their interests.
Chechen official says only bomber dies in checkpoint attack
MOSCOW (AP) — The interior minister of Chechnya says a woman detonated a vest of explosives at a checkpoint outside the capital of Grozny and she was the only person killed.
Chechen Interior Minister Alti Alaudinov told Russian news agencies Saturday evening the attack took place after officers at the checkpoint noticed the woman exhibiting "strange behavior" and asked her to stop and present identification.
Alaudinov says she ignored the order and instead charged the checkpoint.
Court in Russia’s North Caucasus overturns land swap deal
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian province of Ingushetia on Tuesday overturned a land swap deal with another North Caucasus region that caused large-scale protests.
The Constitutional Court of Ingushetia ruled to invalidate the deal with neighboring Chechnya that was signed last month by their leaders, saying that it can't be implemented without approval by a referendum.
Amnesty rights worker is abducted, beaten in southern Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — An Amnesty International researcher was abducted and beaten while reporting on protests in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the rights group said Monday.
Researcher Oleg Kozlovsky was in Ingushetia's regional capital of Magas this month to monitor protests against a hotly-debated land swap between the southern Russian regions of Ingushetia and Chechnya when he was approached by men who told him they were protest organizers and promised him an interview.
Activist jailed in Chechnya wins European human rights prize
PARIS (AP) — A human rights campaigner who has been jailed since January in the Russian province of Chechnya has been awarded a prestigious human rights prize by the Council of Europe.
The Council's Parliamentary Assembly on Monday awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Oyub Titiev, who heads the Chechnya branch of Russian human rights center Memorial.
The chairman of Memorial's board accepted the award on Titiev's behalf.
Russian provincial leader defends land swap; protests go on
MAGAS, Russia (AP) — The regional leader in the Russian province of Ingushetia on Monday defended a land swap in the volatile North Caucasus region even as a protest against the deal entered its fifth straight day.
Ingushetia's leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov argued that the border deal he signed last month with the neighboring province of Chechnya would help strengthen stability. He warned against using the issue to inflame regional tensions.
Possible land swap in Russia’s North Caucasus fuels protests
MOSCOW (AP) — The regional legislature in the Russian province of Ingushetia has decided to review a land swap deal that has raised tensions in the country's volatile North Caucasus region, a lawmaker said Saturday.
Protesters rally against border deal in Russia’s Caucasus
MOSCOW (AP) — Several hundred people are rallying in a city in Russia's North Caucasus, protesting a land swap deal with a neighboring region.
The regions of Ingushetia and Chechnya last week signed a deal to exchange what was described as unpopulated plots of agricultural land.
Russian media reported on Thursday that several hundred protesters, some of them on horseback, gathered in the Ingush capital of Magas to protest a vote at the local legislature to ratify the agreement.
Protests erupt over border deal in Russia’s North Caucasus
MOSCOW (AP) — Two regions in Russia's North Caucasus have signed a land swap deal, triggering protests.
About 100 people rallied on Wednesday in the capital of Ingushetia against authorities' decision to exchange a piece of land for one in neighboring Chechnya.
Local police in the city of Magas said on Wednesday that they had to disperse an unsanctioned rally of 100 people there, and local media reported that police charged at the protesters with batons.
Salah’s spats with Egypt in spotlight in African qualifying
Mohamed Salah's series of spats with his national soccer association will loom over the Egypt team as it attempts to recover from a poor — some called it disastrous — World Cup when African Cup qualifying recommences this weekend.
Salah takes on Egyptian federation over World Cup debacle
CAIRO (AP) — Emboldened by his global star power, Mohamed Salah has said out loud what many of his Egyptian teammates have been saying in private for weeks: Failure by the national federation to enforce discipline and stop meddling by sponsors was mostly to blame for the Pharaohs' miserable World Cup run in Russia.
Chechen leader: Rights activists to be barred from visiting
MOSCOW (AP) — The leader of Russia's Chechnya has vowed to bar human rights activists from visiting his region once the trial of a prominent activist wraps up.
Speaking at a meeting with law enforcement officials in a video released on Thursday, Ramzan Kadyrov vowed to make Chechnya a "no-go zone" for human rights activists, whom he compared to "terrorists and extremists" and accused of "harming Chechnya" on the orders of the West.
IS claims responsibility for deadly attack in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Chechen police in Russia's Northern Caucasus.
The attacks Monday in three locations in Russia's predominantly Muslim Chechnya left several policemen injured. Five militants, aged between 11 and 16, were killed.
IS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack in the regional capital Grozny and in the Shali area just south of Grozny.
Islamic militants launch attacks in Chechnya, 5 killed
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Islamic militants launched a series of attacks Monday in Russia's southern province of Chechnya, leaving five young militants dead and several police officers wounded, officials said.
The violence indicated the Islamist insurgency remains active in the mostly Muslim province despite authorities' claims that it has been eradicated. It follows an attack on a Russian Orthodox church in May that left four attackers, two policemen and a churchgoer dead.
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Police officers have testified against a human rights activist jailed in Chechnya on trial for drug charges, in a case seen by some as punishment for his work exposing abuses by Chechen officials.
Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the respected human rights group Memorial, went on trial this week on charges of drug possession. He has been behind bars since his January arrest.
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Chechnya on Monday ruled to keep a human rights activist in custody despite international criticism of his arrest.
The court in the central town of Shali extended Oyub Titiyev's arrest for another six months. Titiyev, the head of Chechnya's branch of Russian human rights group Memorial, has been in jail since his arrest in January on drug possession charges, which Memorial described as a sham. His trial is set to start next week.
MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for a human rights activist jailed in Chechnya is asking for his case to be tried in a different Russian region because of pressure from Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the respected human rights group Memorial, has been behind bars since his January arrest on drug charges. Titiev denies the charges. The case is widely seen as punishment for Titiev's work exposing abuses in Chechnya.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has given his first public indication of his disagreement with his country's soccer federation over the team's use of Chechnya as a base during their ill-fated World Cup campaign.
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Even during the World Cup, which brought hordes of foreigners to Russia, the capital of Chechnya remained well off the beaten path for most travelers. The Grozny airport doesn't even have a conveyor belt for collecting baggage when you arrive. Bags are lined up in a small side room instead.
Once there, though, visitors will find a unique mix of Islam and exceptional hospitality — along with signs of lingering conflicts related to the country's civil war.
Egypt defends choice of Chechnya as World Cup base
CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Egyptian soccer federation defended the decision to select Chechnya as the base of the country's World Cup squad in Russia on Wednesday.
Hany Abo Rida, however, didn't directly address accusations that Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was used for political purposes while there.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press Sunday.
Chechnya leader grants Salah honorary citizenship
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has granted honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad.
The Pharaohs, as the Egyptian squad is known, adopted the Russian region's capital, Grozny, as their base for the tournament, a choice that has raised eyebrows given Kadyrov's poor human rights record and the long distances involved in the team's travels to group matches elsewhere in Russia.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Egypt is set to lodge a complaint to FIFA about what its federation chairman describes as the "injustice" of the match officials during the team's World Cup loss to Russia.
Egyptian Football Association chairman Hany Abo Rida says the match officials "did not achieve justice" in the game.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah celebrated his 26th birthday with a Chechen cake and the news that he will play in Egypt's next World Cup match.
A statement from the Egyptian soccer association gave no details about his fitness except that the Liverpool striker participated fully in training Saturday in Grozny, the team's base in Russia's Chechnya region.
MOSCOW (AP) — How bad is Russia's national soccer team? Even the ruthless leader of Chechnya couldn't coach it to victory — or so goes a satirical song buzzing around Russian social networks ahead of the World Cup.
The Chechen strongman shot back — with a goofy patriotic rap.
Instead of moping about sanctions, political repression and doping suspicions, Russians are turning to parody as they ready to host the world's most-watched sporting event.
Salah meeting with Chechen leader raises red flags
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah was relaxing in his hotel room in Grozny when he was informed an important guest dropped in unexpectedly and was waiting for him in the lobby.
When the Egypt star forward went down, he found Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
The Moscow-backed former rebel had a favor to ask of Salah: Could he accompany him for the short drive to the stadium where the rest of Egypt's World Cup squad was training and several thousand local fans were in attendance?
CAIRO (AP) — About 2,000 fans gathered at Cairo's main stadium on Saturday to watch Egypt's last home practice before the Pharaohs fly to their World Cup base in Grozny, Chechnya.
Egypt also unveiled its mascot, a green "Nile Crocodile" in a red Egypt jersey, white shorts and a yellow-and-black pharaonic head cover.
Qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, Egypt opens its campaign against Uruguay on Friday. Host team Russia and Saudi Arabia are also in the group.
MOSCOW (AP) — Before Ukraine's Security Service shocked the world by saying it had faked the death of exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev on Tuesday evening, the news of his now-fabricated demise highlighted the dangers of working as a journalist in Russia.
Dozens of Russian journalists have been killed or brutally beaten in recent years, in clear retribution for their work. In most cases, their attackers walked free.
MOSCOW (AP) — Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead. The attack underscored security challenges in Russia as it prepares to host soccer's World Cup next month.
The provincial capital of Chechnya, Grozny, is not scheduled to host any World Cup games, but the Egyptian team planned to use it as a training base.
PARIS (AP) — A close friend of the young man who carried out a deadly knife attack in Paris before being killed by police last weekend was handed preliminary charges Thursday as a leading suspect in the rampage.
The Paris prosecutor's office said the friend, identified as Abdul Hakim A., is accused of association with terrorist criminals with plans to attack people. He was put in provisional detention pending further investigation.
PARIS (AP) — French police on Monday were questioning the parents and a friend of a 20-year-old man who attacked passers-by with a knife in Paris, amid questions about how France's radical watch list is used.
Khamzat Azimov, a French citizen born in the Russian republic of Chechnya, killed one person and wounded four others in Saturday's attack, before police fatally shot him. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the Paris stabbing attack (all times local):
A private organization in the United States that monitors extremists online says the Islamic State's news agency has released a video of a man who appears to be the Paris knifing suspect urging French citizens to pressure their government if they want attacks to end.
The alleged suspect in Saturday night's rampage was shot and killed by police after he stabbed five people, one of them fatally.
PARIS (AP) — Investigators are following the trail of a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who rampaged through a festive Paris neighborhood slashing passers-by with a knife, raising anew the specter of terrorism in France after less than two months of calm.