Public humiliation: Chechen leader's simple strategy to control social media


Ramzan Kadyrov is punishing ordinary people who criticise his rule with televised shamings, as well as detentions and abuse

Aishat Inaeva, a social worker from a small town in Chechnya, did not speak out against the region’s notorious leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. She wouldn’t have dared.

Instead, she made a WhatsApp recording, imploring him to look into the plight of ordinary people “pushed below the poverty line” by local officials, a message that went viral among Chechen users of the messaging app.

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