The US imposed sanctions on the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov

Pompeo explained that the decision is related to Kadyrov’s involvement in gross violations of human rights.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, on Monday, announced the introduction of sanctions against the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

As explained in a statement by Pompeo, this decision “is related to Kadyrov’s involvement in gross violations of human rights in the Chechen Republic.” “The state Department has extensive, reliable information that Kadyrov is responsible for numerous gross human rights violations that date back more than a decade, including torture and extrajudicial executions,” the Secretary of state said.

The sanctions also apply to Kadyrov’s wife, Medni Kadyrova, and his daughters Aishat and Karine (Khadizhat) Kadyrovs. Pompeo added that the US is calling on other countries to take similar measures.

“Along with many other like-minded countries, the United States repeatedly has publicly and privately expressed concern about reports of violations committed by Kadyrov. Earlier, we have already imposed economic sanctions against Kadyrov and several of his associates,” he recalled. – In 2018, the United States and fifteen other countries took the extraordinary step of calling on the OSCE Moscow mechanism to set up a fact-finding mission in response to reports of abuse against members of the LGBTI community, human rights defenders, representatives of independent media and other citizens, which caused dissatisfaction with Kadyrov. The Rapporteur of the Moscow mechanism found that “harassment and harassment, arbitrary or unlawful arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions” took place and that these events took place in a “climate of impunity.” We are concerned that Mr. Kadyrov is currently using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to commit further human rights violations,” the Secretary of state added.

Pompeo noted that the sanctions are intended to show Kadyrov that “his involvement in gross human rights violations has consequences for both him and his family, and that the United States is determined to use all available tools to bring to justice those who commit such heinous acts.”