• terrorism Oct 18

    Suspect in Teacher's Beheading in France Was Chechen Teen

    French authorities say a suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack

  • Officer Sep 26, 2018

    Spy Poisoning Suspect is GRU Colonel: UK Investigative Group

    An investigative group in Britain says it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K. as a highly-decorated colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU....
    The group, Bellingcat, said Wednesday that the suspect, whose passport name was Ruslan Boshirov, is in fact Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, who in 2014 was awarded Russia’s...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 14, 2018

    British LGBTQ Rights Activist Detained in Russia

    A British LGBT activist has been detained near the Red Square in Moscow for protesting against Russia’s abuse of homosexual people. Peter Tatchell stood outside the Kremlin on Thursday holding a banner critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying “Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people.”

  • official May 14, 2018

    French Police Question Parents, Friend of Paris Attacker

    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. Using a knife, the man identified as Khamzat Azimov killed one person and wounded four others in a festive area near...

  • JUDGE Jun 29, 2017

    5 Found Guilty in Russian Opposition Leader's Murder Trial

    A jury found five men guilty Thursday in the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, bringing to a close a trial that Nemtsov’s allies believe failed to bring the slaying’s masterminds to justice. Nemtsov, a top political opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was shot late at night in 2015 as he was walking across a bridge just outside the...

  • NBC May 25, 2017

    ‘A Cautionary Tale:' How ‘The Handmaid's Tale' Reflects Politics Today, According to Its Cast

    It’s a scene that burns into your brain. As Alexis Bledel’s character, Ofglen, realizes that her clitoris has been surgically removed without her consent, her face contorts in pain, loss, anguish, and anger. With a bone-chilling scream that closes the third episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bledel makes one of her only noises, beyond whimpers, in 53 minutes. During the...

  • PRESIDENT May 24, 2017

    Taiwan Becomes 1st in Asia to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

    In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current civil code barring same-sex marriages stood in violation of two articles of the constitution safeguarding...

  • PRESIDENT May 2, 2017

    Chechen Gay Men Recount Electric Shocks, Days of Torture During ‘Anti-Gay Purge'

    Anzor was lying on a dirty floor as a man in army boots jumped on his back. His agony worsened when his captors started torturing him with electric shocks. “It’s a feeling like they are breaking every bone of every joint in your body at the same time,” he said. Anzor is a gay man from Chechnya, the predominantly Muslim...

  • United States Apr 24, 2017

    Kidnapping, Torture, Murder: Refugees Speak of Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge

    A secret shelter in Moscow is right now one of the only safe refuges for gay and bisexual Chechen men amid a reported campaign of state-sponsored violence that saw nearly 100 men rounded up by police and taken to a detention center, where many were tortured....
    As NBC News reports, as many as 20 men are believed to be dead as...

  • PRESIDENT Apr 20, 2017

    Kremlin Disputes Reports of Persecution Against Gays in Chechnya Amid Calls for Investigation

    Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader’s assurances that there’s no persecution of gays in his republic, despite reports by a respected Russian newspaper of a roundup of gay men there. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to back up reports by the Novaya Gazeta...

  • Joe Biden Apr 14, 2017

    Kremlin: No ‘Reliable Information' on Chechen Gay Killings

    In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and...

  • United States Apr 13, 2017

    Pleas for Help From Gay Men in Chechnya on Rise, Russian Group Says

    Since reports started coming nearly two weeks ago of authorities in Chechnya arresting and torturing men suspected of being gay, an advocacy group says it has received increasing pleas for help from people who have been targeted, NBC News reported. “We have received about 30 unique messages since April 2,” said Natalia Poplevskaia, the International Advocacy Officer and Monitoring Program...

  • NBC Apr 11, 2017

    FBI Releases Interview Notes With Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    The FBI has released its notes from an interview with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev that took place two years before the terror attack.

  • Russia Apr 3, 2017

    A Timeline of Major Attacks in Russia in Recent Years

    If the explosion on a subway train in St. Petersburg turns out to have been a terrorist attack, it would be the latest in a long line of attacks targeting Russia in recent years.

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