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  • Thousands attend rally for pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Kadyrov

    01/23/2016 7:05:09 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 2 replies
    Euronews ^ | 22/01/16 | Unattributed
    But leaked documents suggested that attendance was compulsory for public sector workers. Kadyrov, 39, a former Chechen rebel turned Kremlin ally, has made a series of strongly-worded verbal tirades against the liberal opposition in recent weeks, calling them "enemies of the people," a Stalin-era phrase some of Vladimir Putin's rivals see as an implicit death threat.
  • Chechen Leader Kadyrov Receives Award From Putin

    03/09/2015 3:53:10 PM PDT · by tlozo · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 9, 2015 | Gregory L. White
    MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin gave an award to the governor of Chechnya, one day after the strongman leader of the Caucasus region hailed the accused killer of a prominent opposition leader as “a true patriot.” A Kremlin spokesman said Monday that the timing of Ramzan Kadyrov ’s award was coincidental...had been planned for months. But Kremlin critics saw the award as a sign of official endorsement of Mr. Kadyrov’s assertion that the accused killer of Boris Nemtsov was motivated by anger at the opposition politician’s comments in defense of the French cartoonists from Charlie Hebdowho were killed in January by Islamists...
  • Chechen strongman corrects his minister - with a boxing glove to the head

    05/09/2013 2:28:31 AM PDT · by cunning_fish
    CSMonitor ^ | April 24, 2013 | Fred Weir
    Ramzan Kadyrov's sparring match – ostensibly good-natured 'criticism' of the minister's job performance – is seen by some as reflective of the darker undertones of Kadyrov's hard rule.
  • Chechen president: ‘Seek the roots of this evil in America,’ where Tsarnaevs were raised

    04/19/2013 12:03:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/19/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    The statement of Ramzan Kadyrov, Kremlin-backed president of Chechenya, blames the Tsarnaevs’ American upbringing for their actions and criticizes law enforcement for killing Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout Thursday night: “Tragic events have taken place in Boston. A terrorist attack killed people. We have already expressed our condolences to the people of the city and to the American people. Today, the media reports, one Tsarnaev was killed as [police] tried to arrest him. It would be appropriate if he was detained and investigated, and the circumstances and the extent of his guilt determined. Apparently, the security services needed to calm...
  • Bareheaded women in ads targeted in Muslim Chechnya

    11/02/2011 2:29:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 2, 2011
    A decade after Moscow drove separatists out of power in the second of two wars since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin relies heavily on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to keep insurgents in check and maintain a shaky peace. But analysts and rights groups say that in return, the devout Sufi Muslim is allowed to enforce his vision of Islam, at times curbing women's rights and other civil freedoms guaranteed by Russia's constitution. A band of men whom hairdressers described as being dressed in the uniform of local security forces stormed the "Edem" salon in the center...
  • Islamisation and fear spread in Chechnya

    03/25/2011 2:48:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | March 21, 2011
    The 28-year-old girl refuses to give her name for fear of reprisals but her anxiety speaks volumes for the rapid march of Islamisation in the conflict-torn Russian region of Chechnya. "I wear the veil so I'm left in peace on the street. Women who do not wear the veil and a long dress risk being refused entry into university," she said in a hushed voice in the Chechen capital Grozny. Chechnya may seem an unlikely venue for conservative Islam to pervade everyday life, given it was in this Russian region that the Kremlin fought two wars against militant separatists after...
  • In Chechnya, A Blood Feud Ends--and a Despot Digs In

    08/29/2010 8:31:10 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 2 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Aug 28 2010 | SIMON SHUSTER
    The men of gun-loving Chechnya, long Russia's most rebellious province, are not known for turning the other cheek. When a member of a Chechen clan is killed, even in a street brawl the vendetta can pass through the generations, obliging the men on both sides to take revenge until their elders have reconciled, or one of the clans is wiped out. So many observers were baffled last week when the region's most notorious feud ended without a fight. The story began banally enough, with a traffic incident on April 14, 2008. The motorcade of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was driving...
  • Tatar Strongman's Departure Boosts Chechen Ambitions To Become Top Muslim Region

    09/20/2010 11:23:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    rferl.org ^ | September 19, 2010 | Claire Bigg
    The Russian republic of Tatarstan once boasted the largest mosque in Europe, the Kul-Sharif -- a lavish stone and marble edifice unveiled five years ago in the regional capital of Kazan. Tatarstan also used to be run by Russia's most powerful Muslim regional leader and hosted the only Islam-themed international film festival in the country. All this changed with the advent of Ramzan Kadyrov as Chechen president. Since his appointment by the Kremlin in 2007, Kadyrov has aggressively sought to present Chechnya as Russia's new up-and-coming Muslim region. "Chechnya is now actively positioning itself not only as a relatively autonomous...
  • Encroachment of sharia law in Russia's Caucasus

    08/26/2010 1:55:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2010
    Aug 2010: Many women complain they have been harassed by bands of men for not wearing headscarves in Chechnya. Some of the assailants said they were working under orders from religious authorities. Aug 2010: Chechnya's mufti Sultan Mirzayev, the region's spiritual leader and a close ally of Kadyrov, makes the radical order that all eateries shut completely for the holy month of Ramadan. Though it carries no legal weight, it is followed through, residents and witnesses say. July 2010: Hardline, Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says in a state TV interview that he was grateful to assailants who targeted women...
  • Women targeted in Chechnya

    08/22/2010 11:09:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2010
    Many women in Russia's volatile Chechnya region said on Friday they had been harassed and some physically harmed by bands of men for not wearing head scarves during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Against the backdrop of a spreading Islamist insurgency, many fear that growing interest in radical Islam could fuel separatism in the volatile North Caucasus, where the Kremlin watches uneasily as sharia law eclipses Russian. Residents and witnesses told Reuters that bearded men in traditional Islamic dress have been roaming the streets both on foot and in cars since Ramadan started on Aug. 11, demanding bare-headed women...
  • Chechen president says the West wants to destroy Russia

    12/28/2009 7:12:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 532+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 21, 2009
    Ramzan Kadyrov, a 33-year-old former rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, said that last year's attack by Georgia, which is a US ally, on the pro-Russian rebel region of South Ossetia was part of a Western plot to seize the whole Caucasus region. "If they get control of the Caucasus, you could say they'll get control of virtually all of Russia, because the Caucasus is our backbone," Kadyrov said. .... "The Russian government needs to work out a strategy, it needs to attack," the Chechen president said. "...Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine, all this will go on and on. It's Russia's private affliction....
  • Russia's Chechen chief blames CIA for violence

    09/24/2009 2:03:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 448+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 24, 2009
    MOSCOW, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The Kremlin-backed chief of Russia's turbulent Chechnya region said his forces were fighting U.S. and British intelligence services who want to split the country apart, according to an interview published on Thursday. Former rebel-turned-Moscow-ally Ramzan Kadyrov said in comments to Zavtra newspaper reprinted on his official website that he had seen the U.S. driving licence of a CIA operative who was killed in a security operation he led. ... "We're fighting in the mountains with the American and English intelligence agencies. They are fighting not against Kadyrov, not against traditional Islam, they are fighting against...
  • Kremlin-backed Chechen leader claims US, British intelligence services back rebels

    09/23/2009 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 369+ views
    AP ^ | September 23, 2009
    MOSCOW (AP) — The controversial Kremlin-backed president of Chechnya claims that militants in the violence-plagued Russian province are backed by U.S. and British intelligence agencies. .... A statement from Kadyrov's office Wednesday quoted him as suggesting that Western-backed mercenaries are fighting the government in Chechnya. It quotes him as saying, "We are fighting in the mountains with the American and English special services." Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested during his presidency that the West was encouraging unrest in the North Caucasus.
  • Roiling Chechnya Again Vexes Russia

    09/21/2009 1:17:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 388+ views
    npr.org ^ | September 21, 2009 | Anne Garrels
    Russia's wars with separatists in the southern republic of Chechnya have officially ended after more than 15 years of fighting. Yet this Muslim region is once again in the throes of violence, and it is spreading. Rebels have stepped up their attacks as the local Chechen authorities, loyal to Moscow, have escalated a crackdown with abductions, torture and killings of opponents. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently called violence in the Caucasus Mountains region on Russia's southern rim one of his biggest problems. In two wars following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia bombed Chechnya into submission. The capital city...
  • Russian Islamic University opens in Grozny, with Putin’s blessing

    08/25/2009 1:48:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 914+ views
    asianews.it ^ | August 22, 2009
    Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Russian Islamic University, inaugurated in Grozny, on August 21 is called Kunta-Haji, in honor the Sufi mystic who in the mid nineteenth century preached non-violence in Chechnya. The ceremony was opened by a video message in which Vladimir Putin, the Russian premier said: "There are three million Muslims in our country and they all consider Russia as their home, their mother country and we welcome the recovery Islamic traditions". The words of the Prime Minister in Moscow echoed those of Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's president, who announced a future for the country without the influence...
  • Chechen Leader Denies Blame For Killings, Accuses West Of Violence

    08/09/2009 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 254+ views
    rferl.org ^ | August 09, 2009
    Prominent Russian human rights activist Natalya Estemirova was abducted outside her home in the Chechen capital, Grozny, last month. Hours later, her body was discovered in a forest in the neighboring region of Ingushetia. Estemirova, who'd investigated abductions, torture and other rights abuses in Chechnya, had been shot in the head. Estemirova's colleagues blame Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. They accuse him of fostering an atmosphere of impunity in which the abductions and killings of his critics take place. But in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, Kadyrov denies the accusations. He says his only concern is the welfare of Chechnya's residents,...
  • A Russian Reign of Terror?

    07/28/2009 12:56:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 718+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | July 28, 2009 | Cathy Young
    The abduction and murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova in the conflict-ridden Northern Caucasus has been the latest crime to shake Russia's embattled liberal community - and raise the question of whether today's Russia lives not just under an authoritarian regime, but a reign of terror against dissenters. While there are different theories as to the real perpetrators of this vile crime, none are particularly flattering to the Kremlin. On July 15, 50-year-old Estemirova, a teacher, journalist, and single mother of a 15-year-old daughter, was abducted outside her home in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Later that day, she...
  • Chechen leader’s moves sow chaos in Caucasus

    07/18/2009 1:01:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 997+ views
    ft.com ^ | July 18, 2009 | Catherine Belton
    One of the last acts of Natalia Estemirova, the human rights activist who was abducted and found murdered on Wednesday in Ingushetia, was to document the killing of a Chechen villager shot for allegedly giving a sheep to rebels. These two murders add to a fresh surge of violence across RussiaÂ’s north Caucasus, which is setting off a powder keg of Islamic extremism, top-level vested interest, interclan rivalry, traditions of vengeance and ingrained suspicion of the behaviour of human rights activists. The stability of the region is deteriorating, nearly a year after Russia attacked Georgia over the breakaway republics of...
  • Chechen leader sues rights group after activist murder

    07/17/2009 2:43:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 206+ views
    AFP ^ | July 17, 2009
    MOSCOW (AFP) – Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov is suing the head of a Russian rights group after he accused the Caucasus strongman over the murder of activist Natalya Estemirova, his lawyer said Friday. .... He emphasized that the complaint would target Orlov personally. Estemirova, 50, was found dead Wednesday afternoon with gunshot wounds to the head and chest hours after she was seen being bundled into a car outside her home in the Chechen capital Grozny that same morning. .... Kadyrov had earlier personally telephoned Orlov to bluntly rebuke him for his allegations "You are not a prosecutor or a...
  • Who killed Natalya Estemirova

    07/16/2009 4:34:06 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 8 replies · 941+ views
    Colleagues of Ms. Estemirova say her murder Wednesday is part of a pattern that shows cost of a Kremlin pact with Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov. Moscow - The murder of human rights activist Natalya Estemirova, kidnapped in Chechnya and shot execution-style in neighboring Ingushetia on Wednesday, has shocked the Kremlin and led President Dmitry Medvedev to pledge a full investigation. But leaders of Memorial, the Russian human rights organization that Ms. Estemirova worked with, and other human rights experts here say her death can be added to a fast-growing price tag for a Faustian pact. They say that pro-Moscow strongman...