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Talk Eastern Europe Episode 39: COVID clampdown in Chechnya

Information coming out of Chechnya is hard to come by. It is controlled by the tight grip of the Republic’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov. This episode attempts to get insight into what the response to COVID-19 looks like in the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

June 3, 2020 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski - Blogs and podcasts

Head of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. Source (CC) Website of the president of Russia. http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/countries/SA/events/61799/photos/61417

In the episode, Adam interviews Lana Estemirova, a freelance journalist covering Chechnya. They talk about issues related to the heavy-handed response to the virus. They discuss media clampdowns, protests by medical professionals and the ongoing human rights situation there.

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Chechen leader threatens journalist Elena Milashina over COVID-19 reporting. Committee to Protect Journalists. 18 April 2020: https://cpj.org/2020/04/chechen-leader-threatens-journalist-elena-milashin/

Concern for Russian Journalist after Covid-19 Article about Chechnya. Netherlands Helsinki Committee. 29 April 2020: https://www.nhc.nl/concern-for-russian-journalist-after-covid-19-article-about-chechnya/

Music Featured in the Podcast:

Now We Feast by Alexander Nakarada. Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4768-now-we-feast License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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