His security operatives have been involved in interrogating detained LGBTQ+ people, according to human rights groups.
The two fled the Russian region after its anti-LGBTQ crackdown but were arrested and sent back to face what local activists have called fabricated terrorism charges.
The 2020 HBO documentary documented the horrific state-sponsored gay purge taking place in the Chechen Republic.
Two gay brothers have been detained for a month on charges their family says are fabricated, and more than 20 of their relatives were interrogated by police this week.
Salman Tepsurkayev's forced apology to Ramzan Kadyrov and self-harm has sparked renewed calls for change.
Risking his life, a director and his camera went underground in Chechnya to document the horrific realities facing LGBTQ+ people.
Kadyrov is the mastermind behind gruesome anti-LGBTQ+ purges haunting the lives of queer people in Chechnya.