The news is out: [The US State Department on Monday sanctioned Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for his “involvement in gross violations of human rights.”
According to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the department has “extensive credible information” of Kadyrov’s responsibility “for numerous gross violations of human rights dating back more than a decade, including torture and extrajudicial killings.”
The designation also applies to Kadyrov’s spouse and daughters, and includes visa bans.
“Along with many other likeminded nations, the United States has repeatedly raised concerns about reports of Mr. Kadyrov’s violations publicly and privately,” Pompeo said. “We have already imposed economic sanctions on Mr. Kadyrov and several of his associates, using multiple authorities.”
“We are concerned that Mr. Kadyrov is now using the excuse of the coronavirus pandemic to inflict further human rights abuses on the people of the Chechen Republic,” Pompeo 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.”]
Anyone who reads this blog knows that Mike Pompeo has just been named by the International Criminal Court for human rights abuses. The US has responded with threats, as usual.