Chechen journalists, international journalists – Ramzan Kadyrov has silenced us all


Not making the president angry is the main goal of Chechnya’s local media, an anonymous reporter explains

I changed my mind about helping foreign journalists report inside Chechnya when I witnessed a reporter’s abduction in the centre of the capital, Grozny.

It was the beginning of 2016 and a group of journalists with cameras, obviously not local, were going into a cafe just as I was leaving it. Suddenly, several men in civilian clothing began to attack them.

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