In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, the 32-year-old Chechen video blogger, holds a letter from Interpol during an interview with The Associated Press somewhere in Poland. Abdurakhmanov, a critic of the Chechen ruler, faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)

Chechen critic fears for his life as he faces deportation

December 19, 2018 - 5:18 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Chechnya's leader and his security forces have been widely accused by human rights groups of extrajudicial arrests, torture and killings at home. Now they are threatening Chechens who fled abroad, warning they will pay dearly for their criticisms if they ever return home.

In a chilling video that has been watched by 2 million people, Magomed Daudov, the right-hand man of Chechnya's strongman, apparently contacted blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov through WhatsApp, pressuring and threatening him.

Abdurakhmanov's case highlights the growing dangers for those from mostly Muslim Chechnya who try to seek asylum in Europe, where authorities have become increasingly reluctant to allow them in amid terrorism fears and a growing political backlash against all migrants.

Abdurakhmanov, who's in danger of being deported from Poland, says he will be killed if he is sent back to Chechnya.

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