U.S. sanctions Chechen leader Kadyrov, four others under Magnitsky Act

The U.S. Treasury Department has hit Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov with sanctions, accusing him of torture and “extrajudicial killings,” RFE/RL reports. Washington also sanctioned Chechen security official Ayub Katayev over the gay purge that was carried out in Chechnya earlier this year. Both Kadyrov and Katayev, as well as three other individuals, were targeted under the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that enables the U.S. to punish Russians for human rights violations. A total of 49 people are now on the public Magnitsky Act list, which subjects them to various travel bans and financial restrictions. Kadyrov is among the most prominent Russian officials to be added to the list.

 

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