US Sanctions Murderous Anti-LGBT Chechen President, Assets Frozen, Banned From US Entry, GLAAD Applauds

Reuter reports:

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on five Russians and Chechens, including the head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, for alleged human rights abuses.

The new sanctions blacklisted Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

U.S. authorities accused Kadyrov of overseeing “an administration involved in disappearances and extrajudicial killings.”

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed the sanctions, which freeze the banks accounts of those targeted, under a 2012 law known as the Magnitsky Act.

Voa press release:

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today welcomed the inclusion of Ramzan Kadyrov to the list of suspected human rights abusers who have any assets held in U.S. banks frozen and are barred from entry into the United States under the Magnitsky Act.

Authorities in Chechnya have detained and attacked over 100 LGBTQ men because of their perceived sexual orientation and at least 27 men have reportedly been killed by Chechen government officials as of June 2017. Since then additional tragic stories of killings and disappearances of LGBTQ men and woman have been reported.

“Sanctioning those responsible for the horrendous anti-LGBTQ persecution in Chechnya, including Ramzan Kadyrov, is a step towards holding human rights abusers accountable for their atrocities and was a needed action to show that human rights must be prioritized above the personal politics of this administration,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “We cannot stop here as we face a growing epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination around the world that must be swiftly and fully addressed.”

  • MT YVR

    Reminds me of the Deadpool scene with the taxi driver.

    “I’m ASHAMED of you (whispers: good on you)”

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ninja0980

      Republicans, pro life until the baby is born then they don’t give a shit.

      • One of my favorite George Carlin quotes:

        “Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked.”

    • safari

      The real estate tax loophole added to the tax bill at the last moment cost $450Bn. CHIP costs $9Bn.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Geez these greedy kids. The GOP Congress will send them Thoughts & Prayers® and most of them didn’t even get shot.

    • Bluto

      They’re out of the womb, fuck ’em!

      • Ray Taylor

        If they survive a few years then they will.

    • Treant

      Just nuke it all now, it’s pretty clear it’s over.

  • bkmn

    You can bet that Trump had nothing to do with this.

  • Duh-David

    How many days until Comrade Trump overturns these sanctions against Putin’s buddy?

    • Mark

      I was just going to write the same thing.

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        • Mark

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    • MonochromeMouse

      He won’t overturn them, but they will never be enforced.

    • Gianni

      Perhaps as soon as Pooty calls him and ‘suggests’ that he prevent this from going forward.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Trump administration overturns Treasury in five … four … three … two …

    • Ray Taylor

      Or turns it over to Putin.

  • Tawreos

    Does the sanctions office at the Treasury still function?

    • I work for a credit union, and we have to follow them, anyway (OFAC, etc.) You get in big trouble if you’re not in compliance with them.

      Well, until the GOP undoes all the financial industry regulations, I suppose.

  • zhera

    Surprising that this happens while Pence is where he is. But good!

  • BlackGayAthetist

    Putin has essentially made a Faustian pact with Kadyrov.

    Nobody, not even Putin, can control him.

    This is truly where the problem is; also Kadyrov wants to the World’s #1 Muslim and he will decimate and destroy all that stands in his way of this title

    • JaniceInToronto

      You mean, like Trump?

    • Halou

      Putin built his legitimacy on the idea that he ended the years long Chechen conflict to an end, so he is terrified of that achievement being undone. Kadyrov regularly hints at resigning, a move that will certainly spark regional unrest and the possibility of a third Chechen war, and every time the Kremlin surrenders to him giving money and political concessions.

      • BlackGayAthetist


  • Lars Littlefield

    Does Trump know about this? I suspect that he doesn’t.

  • another_steve

    Ohmigod… Good news ?!? In today’s world ???

    Next, Joe will be telling us that there are still kittens and balls of string.

    • MT YVR

      There are.

      But not in the same room! (dun dun DUUUUUN) (thunder and lightning) Mwhahahahahaha!


      I mean… hiiiii. How’re you?

    • KCMC
      • another_steve

        We have to cordon off our Christmas tree display. The cat is very bad with it.

        My husband (a devout Catholic) sets up this gorgeous antique 1950s porcelain nativity scene under it, and girl likes to knock all the figurines over and kick them around. Including the Baby Jesus in the creche.

        Offends my man.

        • ChrisMorley

          An Interior Design Consultant Recommends

          – electric fencing (cows love this)
          – wall-mounted illuminated trashy display shelves

        • stuckinthewoods

          Is it a Hummel set? I just unloaded an inherited one onto the sister-in-law since she likes that sort of thing. I had a recurring nightmare about Hummels as a kid,.. don’t think they were probably intended to.

          • Dazzer

            Hummel figurines are some of the creepiest things in the world. They creep the Hell out of me.

          • stuckinthewoods

            what a relief. I thought I was the only one.
            Every American household in Germany was filthy with them.

          • another_steve

            Lol. 😉

            Not Hummel but the moral equivalent thereof. Just gorgeous.

            I enjoy goyishe art.

          • Statistics Palin

            Is your cat Ultraorthodox?

          • another_steve

            I’m a secular Jew and my husband is an orthodox but enlightened gentile.

            The cat is…well…informed.

      • MT YVR

        Oh Cthulhu tree, oh Cthulhu tree
        How terrifying are thy branches ..

        • another_steve

          ^^ LMAO!

          I’m culturally Jewish and I get it. 😉

        • KnownDonorDad

          That might be a shoggoth. A very cute one.

          • MT YVR

            Dashing from the Shoggoth
            On a one-horse open sleigh,
            Over the fields we go,
            Screaming all the way;
            Bones on bob-tail clatter,
            Making spirits dim,
            What terror it is to ride and sing
            A slaying song tonight.

          • KnownDonorDad
  • Lazycrockett
    • Jim Gallagher-Barker

      Since when does a Senator know about the indepenent counsel’s plans?

      Going to the link, anyway…

  • Gigi

    Since when do Trump & Co. care about human rights? These guys must not have greased Twittler’s palms the way he likes.

  • Ninja0980

    Meanwhile here at home they are filling our courts with as many vicious anti-LGBT people as they can.

  • Treant

    Well. Somebody has a badly deviated septum.

    Also, are we sure they aren’t gonna shove a couple million dollars grifted from the tax cuts his way?

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    I take nothing this administration does at face value anymore.

    Done with the full knowledge of Putin, to let Trump play act that he’s ‘tough’ on Russia?

    Done to provide cover for when SCOTUS rules in favor of Cake-Satan, so Trump can claim he’s ‘tough’ on human rights abuses?

    • PickyPecker

      Well…dRUMPf has been phone buddies with pootie this past week. Instructions received and all that.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        Yup, my thoughts too, although there are 700 back channel ways to communicate, so who knows who might have had this Kremlin Approved (TM)

        Also, odd chicken-related pic, just because.

        • Dazzer

          Re-homing battery chickens is an increasingly big thing in the UK.

          Even though I have a sometimes up/sometimes down relationship with chickens when I’ve looked after them, I’d definitely join one of the chicken re-homing charities in the UK if I had enough space to house some of them.

          The change in an animal when it moves from being a battery hen to being a proper hen is incredible. It takes a maximum of six months, but the animal goes from being like the worst imagining of a science fiction alien into being a really happy, natural creature.

          I love my rescue dog. Love her to pieces. But I’d love to have rescue chickens as well.

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            Thank you for the info. I have only rescue dogs and cats, but my town won’t permit backyard chickens. I also am a weird non-farm type that couldn’t possible eat the eggs if I knew the mom. They would have to just be pets.

    • Friday

      Well, this butcher had announced he planned to step down, maybe Putin doesn’t want to make it so easy for his puppet to step aside for someone that may be less bought.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Totally O/T but I didn’t have access to this pic the other day when the subject came up of cats watching the birds at the bird feeder. This is my sweetie wondering where all the birdies are. 😉

    • Treant

      “Go away, Daddy, you’re scaring off my dinn…friends. My friends.”

      • AmeriCanadian

        Yeah like she’s not doing that all by herself. She can be a dimwit sometimes. Other times, she shines.

    • another_steve

      Your baby’s gorgeous, AC.

      We had a murder of crows (that’s the technical term for a whole bunch of crows in one place) alight in the backyard the other day.

      I was afraid my Maine Coon would have a heart attack.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Thanks! I’ve never loved an animal as much as I love my Boots(y). I spoil her too much though. She could lose a few pounds.

        I bet the sight of so many crows up close would give any kitty the willies. Did you snap a pic?

        • another_steve

          Lol. I was too busy calming the girl down, to snap a pic. 😉

          I’m an emotional hysteric and so is she.

          We support one another.

      • We had a murder of crows (that’s the technical term for a whole bunch of crows in one place)

        Related joke:

        Officer: Where were you the night in question?
        Crow: I was out with my other crow friends.
        Officer: And what do you call your group of crow friends?
        Crow: ….I want my lawyer.

        • another_steve


          I shared that with my hubby, Sarah, and he’s still convulsing in laughter. 😉

        • J Ascher

          There’s a series of mystery-themed books whose titles begin with “The Cat Who…” and one of the stories features a female scientist who studies crows. You might want to check out the books.

          • Interesting. Thanks!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Kadyrov is such a freak, if you read about his personal life. It’s like he’s constantly trying to prove he has some kind of uber-masculinity but it always comes off bizarre, with more than a hint of Sigfried & Roy or Liberace-does-Borat. I’m convinced he’s a deeply disturbed closet case. Either that or he has a micropenis. Or both.

  • Lars Littlefield

    The Cliven Bundy and is son’s months in court have just been declared a mistrial. Won’t be going back to court until next February. 🙁

  • Max_1

    I guess Donald has a new bestie…
    … Sorry Rodrigo Duterte, UR so 2017 already.

  • Harveyrabbit

    US Sanctions Murderous Anti-LGBT Chechen President, Assets Frozen, Banned From US Entry, GLAAD Applauds, Trump pouts.

  • bkmn
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      And democracy will not be fully restored in the U.S. until 2020.

      • I love dim sum

        Most likely not until 2024. Trump will probably be a 2 termer since the Democrats are just offering Republican-lite candidates and policies.

        • Mark

          If that is the case, we can kiss democracy goodbye. This will be a fully run dictatorial country…oligarchs in control unless we stand up and fight for our rights.

    • William

      Once all the locals leave, it can be rebuilt as an exclusive Trump island getaway.

    • KCMC

      a.m. Ben Carson quote was that efforts were going well…

      • William

        Carson found his luggage?

        • Nashoba Darkwolf

          finding a single marble does not constitute as a full bag. >:D

    • Halou

      How long did it take for them to restore normality to Texas, or to Florida after their disasters?

    • BobSF_94117

      Four trucks with about 20 linemen showed up at the end of our little road this morning. Probably won’t get power for xmas, but it’ll be soon after. Yay!

      The crews are working 12-hour days here on STT.

    • Oh, Parker

      Which is going to bite the GOP in the ass because a huge chunk of the population of Puerto Rico is in Florida now. Guess how they will be voting.

      • bkmn

        Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania and more. Expect more raping and pillaging before the 2018 midterm elections.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but we should start a pool on when Paul Ryan has decided he’s “accomplished evertything he set out to do as a member of Congress” and announces his retirement. I’m sure he’ll want togut Medicare and Medicaid before he heads out but still.

    • Halou

      I imagine a great many Republicans will “retire” from politics after new year, they’ll say it is in opposition to Trump’s treasonous behaviour, how convenient for them. They’ve known all along, it’s probably why they chose Trump over any of the other myriad others who campaigned to be their party nominee.

    • Dazzer

      The only way I’d contribute to a ‘pool’ for anything connected to Paul Ryan is if you can guarantee that it is deep enough that when we push him in it with concrete boots, there’s no chance of him breathing afterwards.

    • Ray Taylor

      Ryan has said he will not run again. I guess he has his profits and is running away.

  • I love dim sum

    It would be nice if the US would do the same with Saudi Arabia, since they think the same about gay people. We won’t though, because we get billions in petro dollars from them.

  • William

    Kadyrov is the biggest closet case in all of Chechnya.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I do hope not. The idea of that being like us just makes me gag…and not in a good way.

  • David

    Once Pence becomes POTUS, this will be the first world leader he’ll invite for a State Visit.

  • Halou

    Who in Russia has no assets in America? Yeah, Trumpistan is so happy to sanction those guys, not anybody who will actually feel the effects of such a policy. Don’t be fooled, this move means literally nothing. Less than that even!
    At least doing nothing wouldn’t leave Russia with the impression that this new America is going out of it’s way to not do anything to them.

  • netxtown

    One drag queen in 6 inch heels could knock his lights out so fast she could re-paint her nails before he hits the ground. The girlz just ain’t gonna put up with that kind of shit.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yes, applaud…but do so as if a golf clap, because this comes from a government that is no less anti-gay, just better at framing the narrative.

  • JWC
  • leastyebejudged

    Disgusting pig.

  • justmeeeee

    No more condos on Central Park West for the Russkies!

  • Todd

    There is no way Kadyrov is straight. Not only is he trying desperately to prove how masculine he is (and often failing), but he’s a 21st century gay clone. He’s also clueless; why else would he pose next to a giant cock (in the video at 5:52) when he’s trying so hard to say he’s straight?

  • KnownDonorDad

    I believe his cat ran away from him.

  • BobSF_94117

    I thought I read that he had retired. Or maybe isn’t running again (I assume in March).

  • GanymedeRenard

    Ok, so what’t the catch?

  • JCF

    “The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on five Russians and Chechens”

    Somebody at the Treasury Department’s not long for their job…

  • Sporkfighter

    Has anybody told him about how effective a Clorox IV bolus is at purifying blood? He should give it a try, just to keep his own blood “pure”.