US bars Prime Minister of Chechnya over human rights violations

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The United States said on Thursday it would bar Chechnya’s prime minister for allegedly orchestrating human rights violations in the Russian republic.

The Chechen capital Grozny, seen here in July 2018 ahead of Russia’s World Cup, has been spruced up after being destroyed in a brutal separatist war (AFP Photo/KARIM JAAFAR)

In accordance with the US law against foreign officials with cases of human rights violations, the United States said that Chairman Muslim Khuchiyev and his immediate family will be ineligible for US visas if they apply.

In a statement issued by the State Department, the US said that it has a “credible information that Muslim Khuchiyev was involved in torture.”

In 2018, Chechnya’s pro-Moscow authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov elevated Khuchiyev who was former mayor of the Chechen capital Grozny which was reduced to rubble when Russia crushed two separatist wars that left tens of thousands dead.

According to report published in 2018 by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, even though the Muslim-majority republic has largely been pacified, Chechen authorities have continued to engage in unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings.

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