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Facebook suddenly remembers the U.S. sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov and reblocks his Instagram account

Facebook Inc. has again blocked Ramzan Kadyrov’s Instagram account, in observance of U.S. sanctions against the Chechen ruler. Visitors trying to view Kadyrov’s page now find the message: “Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.” 

The head of Chechnya had more than 1.4 million followers on the social network.

American officials imposed sanctions on Kadyrov in December 2017 for his alleged role in “murders, tortures, and other massive human rights violations.” His pages on Instagram and Facebook were promptly blocked, but the Instagram account was mysteriously reactivated, 11 months later.

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