MOSCOW (AP) — Egypt will be based in Chechnya for the World Cup, with FIFA approving the facility despite the Russian region’s leadership being criticized for widespread human rights violations and a crackdown on dissent.
Egypt, playing at its first World Cup in 28 years, has selected a training facility in the Chechen capital Grozny.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has relied on his feared security forces to stifle any dissent.
His rule has been marred by numerous reports of extrajudicial killings and torture. Kadyrov last year came under pressure when widespread reports surfaced of a broad crackdown on gay people in Chechnya.
FIFA did not immediately respond to questions about Chechnya on Friday.
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