Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, reportedly said LGBT people in Chechnya should be removed ‘to cleanse our blood’. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin\/TASS via Getty Images

Two people have been killed and nearly 40 detained in a new crackdown on LGBT people in Russia’s Chechnya region, activists said in a report on Monday(...)

 Chechnya has been ruled since 2006 by Ramzan Kadyrov (right), who has helped the Kremlin crush a long-running Islamist insurgency while running the region as a personal fiefdom. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images

The Kremlin has failed to address grave human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya, where the authorities exert control by violently and (...)