- January 07, 2014
As Russia reels from last week's terror attack in Volgograd, President Putin is going to great lengths to make sure the Winter Olympics in Sochi remain secure. The elite Spetsnaz fighters are charged with holding off Islamist separatists from the volatile Caucasus. more... [ Comment ]
- August 28, 2013
A decade after the end of the war against Russia, thousands of Chechens have headed for Germany seeking asylum. They are fleeing from Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who many say is a brutal strongman who ruthlessly persecutes his enemies. more... [ Comment ]
- July 18, 2013
In recent months, a huge number of Russians have applied for asylum in Germany -- most of them from Chechnya. German authorities are baffled, but insiders in Russia say it all started with a rumor. more... [ Comment ]
- May 03, 2013
As law-enforcement officials search for clues about the early life of the Boston Marathon bombers, a number of conspiracy theories are coming to light. Many are based on alleged ties between the men's father and a local mafia boss in Kyrgyzstan. more... [ Comment ]
- October 24, 2011
A German dance troupe is under fire for their performace at a party for Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been accused of human rights abuses. Now the controversy has unexpectedly spread to the Catholic Church. SPIEGEL reports the 'television ballet' also receives funding from a firm partly owned by nine dioceses. more...
- October 04, 2011
Five years after the murder of the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow, the identities of the presumed killers are now known. A picture is emerging of a web of intrigue involving the Chechen mafia, shadowy intelligence agents and a corrupt police officer with a gambling addiction. more... [ Comment ]
- September 27, 2011
On orders from the Kremlin, Russian agents have been liquidating Chechen terrorists abroad. Turkish investigators suspect that a Russian was also behind the latest killings, the recent murder of three Chechens in Istanbul. Some believe the operations are being planned from Berlin. more... [ Comment ]
- May 31, 2011
For almost five years, Rustum Makhmudov had managed to avoid arrest. Now, the suspected killer of Russian journalist Anna Polikovskaya has been arrested in Chechnya. Investigators hope to learn who else might have been complicit in the murder. more...
- April 01, 2011
Dutch soccer star Ruud Gullit was a legend in the 1980s. Now he is the new manager of Chechen team Terek Grozny as part of a pet project by Chechnya's hardman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who hopes football success can help rebuild his battered country. But critics accuse Gullit, who used to be an outspoken proponent of human rights, of selling out. more...
- December 21, 2010
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko aren't just feared boxers -- they are almost universally admired for their support of democracy. But recent appearances with infamous Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov have many wondering if the brothers are worthy role models. more... [ Comment ]