Under anti-gay leader Ramzan Kadyrov, LGBT Chechens have been subject to discrimination and deadly "purges."
“We know that around 40 people were detained, both men and women.”
Down one road lies the sports mainstream, down the other lies poisonous masculinity.
As Persecution of Gay Men in Chechnya Worsens, Dictator's MMA "Ambassador" Fabricio Werdum Keeps Quiet
The former UFC champion did pose for a picture wearing an Akhmat FC shirt, though.
Ramzan Kadyrov’s plan to seduce all the great fighters of the world continues.
But who knows what deeper meaning lies behind a letter from Putin’s government?
Not even Fedor Emelianenko is immune to condemnation anymore.
Life is good when a dictator loves your sport.
We spoke to French-English journalist Manon Loizeau, who recently went back to Chechnya years after the end of its devastating war to make a new documentary.