A gang of armed Chechen Muslims are terrorising women in Germany who do not adhere to their strict interpretation of the Quran.
Reports suggest up to 100 men belong to the vigilante group, which 'punishes' Chechen women who are seen to behave immorally, including fraternising with non-Chechen men, smoking, drinking or visiting swimming pools.
Two young Chechen women were seriously injured as a result of recent attacks in Berlin, while another two were threatened and chased, according to Tagesspiegel.
A video has been circulated among Berlin's Chechen community in which a masked man points a gun at the camera and says:
"Here, in Europe, certain Chechen women and men who look like women do unspeakable things...
"Those who have lost their national mentality, who flirt with men of other ethnic groups and marry them, Chechen women who have chosen the wrong path and those who call themselves Chechen men – given half a chance, we will set all of them straight....
"Do not say that you were not warned; do not say that you did not know. May Allah grant us peace and set our feet on the path towards justice."
Members of the community said they thought that as many as 100 people may be affiliated with the group and that some had experience of war. Every Chechen in Berlin is said to be aware of its existence.
Meduza told the story of a 20-year-old woman known as Madina, who had nude photographs sent to all of her contacts from her stolen mobile phone.
As a result, her family arranged for her to be taken to Chechnya to be executed but she managed to alert the police to their plan and was saved.
However, she says the gang have now decreed that it is the duty of every Chechen man, whether related to her or otherwise, to find her and punish her.
Berlin police are reported to be investigating the gang. The Chechen community in Germany was estimated at more than 13,000 according to the most recent figures available.