Modest Celebration
In Grozny

The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has held a star-studded party in his capital Grozny - but denied it was anything to do with his 35th birthday.

Oscar-winning actor Hilary Swank and action star Jean-Claude van Damme have been criticised for attending the lavish party. Kadyrov is linked to a grim record of abuse. When stars get paid to turn up to party with him, it trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses.