The US Has Imposed Sanctions Against Ramzan Kadyrov For Human Rights Violations In Chechnya
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been placed on the sanctions list for involvement in human rights violations in the Republic, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in a statement. He declared that he "accepts the fight." The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to respond to the US actions.
"The state Department has extensive reliable information that Kadyrov is responsible for numerous gross human rights violations that were committed more than a decade ago, including torture and extrajudicial executions," Mr. Pompeo said.
Ramzan Kadyrov's wife, Medni Kadyrov, and his daughters, Aishat Kadyrov and Karina (aka Khadizhat) Kadyrov, the state Department said in a statement.
Mike Pompeo noted that the human rights situation in Chechnya is a cause for concern, and economic sanctions have already been taken against Mr. Kadyrov (he was put on the sanctions list by the US Treasury). "We are concerned that Mr. Kadyrov is now using the coronavirus pandemic to further human rights violations... We will encourage other like-minded countries to take similar measures," he said.
Today’s action serves to notify Mr. Kadyrov that his involvement in gross violations of human rights has consequences, both for him and his family, and that the United States is committed to using all the tools at our disposal to ensure accountability for those who engage in this abhorrent behavior.
"Pompeo, we are taking the fight! It will be more interesting later!" Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in his Telegram channel.