Support The Moscow Times!

Anonymous Video Threatens Germany's Chechen Diaspora

Pixabay

Members of Germany’s Chechen community say they’ve received a video featuring a masked man threatening to “correct” those who stray from Chechen traditions. The video is circulating on WhatsApp, an instant messenger network that’s enormously popular among the Chechen diaspora.

“Here in Europe, some Chechen women and Chechen men who look like women are doing terrible things,” says the man in the video, citing interracial marriages. According to the website Meduza, the video belongs to a Berlin-based group with as many as 100 members, who oppose smoking, alcohol consumption, and visits to dance clubs and public pools, among other decadent Western doings.

The group is reportedly led by Chechens who were once close to Dzhokhar Dudayev, the first president of the short-lived breakaway Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. In the past two weeks, men in this group have beaten up at least two Chechen women in Germany, Meduza says.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.