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Chechen blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, who criticized Kadyrov, killed in Sweden

05.12.2022, 13:04
Photo: Tumso Abdurakhmanov's Telegram channel
Photo: Tumso Abdurakhmanov's Telegram channel

Chechen opposition blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov was killed in Sweden, reports "Current Time".

Telegram channel 1ADAT wrote that "tonight, Tumso was shot by a group of people, and the details of the murder are currently being clarified," citing "informants from Europe and Chechnya."

The publication gave no other details, but noted that the special services had hidden Tumso Abdurakhmanov's brother.

RFE/RL reports that, according to Abdurakhmanov's partners, the blogger was killed on the night of December 2. No other details are known. Swedish authorities have not yet commented on this.

Tumso Abdurakhmanov went out of contact in early December. This was reported by Sweden-based Chechen human rights organization "Vaifond". Even then there were reports of the blogger possibly having been killed, but this information had not been confirmed at the time.

Tumso Abdurakhmanov left Chechnya in 2015, after a conflict with the then head of Chechnya's state administration, Islam Kadyirov. Abdurakhmanov did not give way to Kadyirov's motorcade and was stopped. The official examined Tumso's phone and allegedly found extremist content on it. After that, according to Abdurakhmanov, he was repeatedly held captive in Islam Kadyirov's house and threatened. Abdurakhmanov tried to get asylum in Georgia and Poland, but both countries refused.

In March 2019, the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov (nicknamed "Lord"), swore blood revenge on the blogger and promised to find him. Before that, Abdurakhmanov was digging into why Akhmat Kadyrov once used to call for war with Russia.

"When he was a mufti, he called for a jihad against (Russia. – Ed.), and at the beginning of the Second Chechen War he was nobody – a traitor to the Chechen people. I despise the memory of Akhmat Khadzhi Kadyrov. I have the right to," said the blogger.

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