Facebook has explained that the account of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was blocked because the US administration imposed restrictions on him under the Magnitsky Act.
Facebook said Kadyrov’s account had been deactivated due to “legal obligations,” arising from the new US sanctions against the leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic. Kadyrov was sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act last week alongside four other Russian nationals over alleged human rights abuses.
“We became aware and have now confirmed that the accounts appear to be maintained by or on behalf of parties who appear on the US Specially Designated Nationals List and thus, subject to US trade sanctions. For this reason, Facebook has a legal obligation to disable these accounts,” Facebook said in a statement, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
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