27 Dec 2017
Russia’s telecommunications watchdog has demanded an explanation from social media networks Facebook and Instagram for their disabling of accounts belonging to Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya.
“On December 26, Roskomnadzor sent a request to Facebook management, asking to clarify reasons for blocking Ramzan Kadyrov’s Facebook and Instagram accounts,” the watchdog’s press service said in a statement.
Kadyrov accused the social media networks of bowing to pressure from Washington and blocking his pages on December 23, just days after the U.S. Treasury Department hit him with financial and travel sanctions.
Kadyrov has said that he never received a response from Instagram after sending a request for service support because his Russian-language accounts stopped working.
His English-language Instagram account was unaffected at first, but later it was also unavailable.
Kadyrov has more than 3 million followers on his Russian-language Instagram account and more than 750,000 on Facebook.
– Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Photo by Josh Borup
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