[Marxism] Fwd: Putin's Monster | by Amy Knight | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat May 20 08:35:53 MDT 2017

The Chechen government’s brutal campaign against gays has understandably 
aroused a strong reaction in the West. In recent months, Chechen 
President Ramzan Kadyrov, a notorious strongman closely allied with the 
Kremlin, has directed his police forces to round up gay men, torture 
them, and sometimes even kill them. In mid-April, former US 
vice-president Joe Biden said that he was “disgusted and appalled” by 
reports of the brutal crackdown and urged President Donald Trump to 
raise the issue directly with the Kremlin, though Trump did not respond. 
And on May 2, in a meeting with Russian President Putin in Sochi, German 
Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed her concerns about the persecution of 
Chechen gays: “I…spoke about the very negative report about what is 
happening to homosexuals in Chechnya and asked Mr. President to exert 
his influence to ensure that minorities’ rights are protected.” Numerous 
other European governments have weighed in as well. Unfortunately, 
Western pressure, even from such a powerful leader as Merkel, is 
unlikely to make a difference. This is because of the Kremlin’s 
complicated relationship with Kadyrov, whose rule has brought Chechnya 
finally under Russian control, but has also been characterized by 
rampant corruption and widespread human rights abuses.

full: http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/05/19/putins-monster-ramzan-kadyrov/

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