How France's shameful deportations help Ramzan Kadyrov's brutal Chechen regime


In recent months France's interior minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered the expulsion of around a dozen Chechens from the country. This does not just trample over fundamental rights of asylum and the country's commitments under European treaties, says Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet in this op-ed article. He argues it also means that France is effectively collaborating with Chechen's notorious leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of overseeing the murder and torture of his opponents.

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He is an Islamist, a killer, a torturer, a polygamist, a defender of blood feuds and forced marriages, an enemy of France, a bitter opponent of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and he described French president Emmanuel Macron as the “leader and inspirer of terrorism” in France. His name is Ramzan Kadyrov and since 2005 he has ruled with terror over the Chechen Republic, a small territory in the North Caucasus which is part of the Russian Federation.