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US bars Chechnya PM over human rights

AFP  |  Washington 

The said Thursday it would bar the entry of Chechnya's for allegedly orchestrating human rights violations in the Russian republic.

Under a US law that requires action against foreign officials over human rights concerns, the announced that Muslim Khuchiyev and his immediate family will be ineligible for US visas if they apply.

The State Department said in a statement that it had "credible information that Muslim Khuchiyev was involved in torture."

Chechnya's pro-authoritarian leader last year elevated Khuchiyev, previously the of the Chechen capital which was reduced to rubble when crushed two separatist wars that left tens of thousands dead.

While the Muslim-majority republic has largely been pacified, Chechen authorities have still engaged in unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, according to a report last year by the and Co-operation in

The public designation comes amid a slew of rifts between and the United States, which has pressed over Moscow's support for separatists in and alleged interference in US elections.

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First Published: Thu, April 25 2019. 21:15 IST