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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Russian rights activist Natalya Estemirova murdered

    07/15/2009 6:14:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 587+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/15/2009 | Miriam Elder in Moscow
    Abducted and murdered on Wednesday, hours after her organisation backed calls for Vladimir Putin to face trial over atrocities in Chechnya. Natalya Estemirova, who won numerous international awards for her work, was bundled into a car as she left her home in Grozny, the Chechen capital. Her body was later found by the side of a road in the neighbouring province of Ingushetia. She had been shot twice in the head at close range. Mrs Estemirova, a single mother in her early 40s, was the seventh opponent of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed Chechen president, to have been murdered in the...
  • US criticizes Medvedev visit to South Ossetia

    07/14/2009 7:31:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 375+ views
    SindhToday ^ | July 15th, 2009
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia has not contributed to promoting stability following last year’s brief war, the US State Department said Tuesday. Medvedev made the controversial trip to South Ossetia Monday and offered financial and military support in defiance of the West and the Georgian government. “Certainly I don’t think that it was any kind of step forward in terms of establishing stability in the region,” US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters. The situation in Georgia over the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia has been a source of...
  • Chechen president vows to fight Ingushetia rebels

    06/23/2009 7:25:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 528+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2009 | Conor Humphries
    MOSCOW - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said he had been ordered by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to fight insurgents in the neighboring region of Ingushetia after its leader was gravely wounded in a bomb attack. Kadyrov's harsh tactics have brought relative stability to Chechnya since he was elected in 2007 after more than a decade of war. But fellow Kremlin appointees have failed to stem spikes in violence in neighboring Dagestan and Ingushetia. With Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov fighting for his life in hospital, Kadyrov said he had been ordered by Medvedev to run cross-border operations. "He told me to...
  • Former official killed in Russia's North Caucasus

    06/13/2009 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 949+ views
    AP ^ | June 13, 2009 | SHAMSUDIN BOKOV
    NAZRAN, Russia -- Gunmen killed a former top government minister in Ingushetia as he stood outside his home in the violent southern Russian region Saturday, law enforcement officials said. .... Two gunmen sprayed Aushev with automatic weapon fire as he got out of his car at the gate outside his home in the region's main city, Nazran, around 6:30 p.m. (1430 GMT), the regional Interior Ministry's press service said. He died en route to the hospital. Aushev was vice premier under former Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, a KGB agent who was widely reviled by many Ingush for his repressive policies....
  • Kadyrov says Putin saved Chechnya

    04/07/2009 4:46:21 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 4 replies · 352+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/ 04/ 2009
    MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti) - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has said that the North Caucasus republic owes its very existence to the efforts of Russian Prime Minster Vladimir Putin. "If it were not for Putin, Chechnya would not exist," the 32-year-old Chechen leader said in an interview published on Tuesday in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily. "He saved our people with his strong-willed decisions," Kadyrov said. "I know this history - I personally participated in it. If it were not for Putin, we would not be here." Both Kadyrov and his late father, the republic's first president, sided with...
  • Prominent Chechen killed in Dubai

    03/30/2009 3:58:05 PM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies · 394+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 March 2009 | BBC
    The Russian authorities have confirmed a prominent opponent of the pro-Kremlin Chechen President, Ramzan Kadyrov, was shot dead in Dubai on Saturday. Diplomats said Sulim Yamadayev's body had been identified by his relatives. Mr Yamadayev fell out with Mr Kadyrov last year and was sacked as commander of an elite security forces battalion.
  • Chechen warlord murdered in Dubai

    03/30/2009 3:07:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 1,160+ views ^ | March 30, 2009
    Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, is facing fresh international scrutiny after a powerful Chechen warlord who fell out with the Kremlin was assassinated in Dubai. The murder of Sulim Yamadayev could trigger renewed violence in Chechnya and will cause alarm outside Russia after a series of similar assassinations in Istanbul and Vienna. Mr Yamadayev, the leading rival of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed president, Ramzan Kadyrov, was shot dead in the car park of a housing development in Dubai where he had been living under a false name since December. While there were contradictory details about the killing, experts on Chechnya alleged...
  • Russia Mulls Ending Chechnya Anti-terror Operation

    03/26/2009 7:28:30 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 2 replies · 396+ views
    Easy Bourse ^ | March 26th, 2009 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP)--Russia is considering ending the decade-long effective state of war in Chechnya, an official said Thursday, in a move that could see the withdrawal of thousands of troops from the once restive republic. The decree on the start of a "counter-terrorist operation" was passed in Chechnya under late president Boris Yeltsin in 1999 just months before he resigned and installed Vladimir Putin at the helm. "Such an issue is being worked out but it's too early to talk about the time frame," a Kremlin official told AFP. The official's remarks came in response to a surprise announcement by Ramzan...
  • Kadyrov, Putin Trade Barbs at Tense Meeting

    03/23/2009 9:27:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 249+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | March 23, 2009
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held a tense meeting with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Friday, trading thinly veiled barbs about whose responsibility it was to rebuild the impoverished republic. While the government aims to cut the budget for regional subsidies this year, Kadyrov has been pressing for more federal support. President Dmitry Medvedev said in February that regional leaders who were not meeting expectations on handling the crisis would be called to Moscow for meetings. Putin opened the meeting by asking whether Kadyrov's "discussion with the Finance Ministry was finished," without elaborating. "Everything is great with the Finance Ministry now,"...
  • Chechnya:Name Your Baby Mo, Make Bank

    03/10/2009 12:24:01 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 1 replies · 299+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | March 9Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    One week ago I posted about how the Russian government has allowed Islamic rule in Chechnya. Since then six Russian officers were killed in a bomb attack and now Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov in an effort to strengthen Islam is offering a cash reward to anyone who has a baby on Mohammad's birthday and names him Mohammad.
  • Kadyrov Faces Fresh Accusations of Ordering Hits Abroad

    03/07/2009 8:11:01 PM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 265+ views
    North Caucasus Weekly ^ | March 6, 2009 | The Jamestown Foundation
    Kavkaz TV, the video arm of Kavkaz-Center, the radical Islamist Chechen rebel website, this past week posted a video clip in which a young Chechen man, Ruslan Khalidov, claimed that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov employed him to kill Magomed Ocherhadji, a leader of the large Chechen exile community in Norway. As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on March 5, Khalidov said in the video that he did not carry out the killing but that he had been tortured and threatened in an attempt to force him to comply. “They even did things that I’m ashamed to talk about,” he...
  • Chechen leader: Male relatives were right to shoot women with "loose morals"

    02/28/2009 5:32:37 PM PST · by Roger_Wildcat · 21 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | February 28, 2009
    The bullnecked president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at the mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die. Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had "loose morals" and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings. "If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed," Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic...
  • Economic crisis threatens Kremlin control of North Caucasus

    02/17/2009 12:32:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 665+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 17, 2009 | James Kilner
    Analysts say Islamist extremists have infiltrated the region and that worsening poverty may drive people towards the rebels who have previously sent kidnappers and suicide bombers to attack Russian cities. Financial support is a tool for the Kremlin to dampen support for the rebels but Russia's cash reserves have shrunk by some 40 percent to about $385 billion (270 billion pounds) since last summer. In Russia's original budget for 2009, Chechnya's government said it had been promised around 24.5 billion roubles (474 million pounds) -- worth about $1 billion before the currency devalued by about a third. The other North...
  • Chechnya’s president puts faith in Islam

    01/12/2009 3:14:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 507+ views
    Financial Times ^ | January 12 2009 | Charles Clover
    At the entrance to Chechnya’s State University in the capital of Grozny, a gaggle of female students can usually be seen fiddling with a newly mandatory item of clothing: headscarves. Students who do not arrive with a scarf – perhaps half – stand outside under the gaze of the security guards and, using an elaborate array of hairpins, put theirs on. Many girls are the first in three generations to cover their heads, and it does not come naturally to some. The Soviet Union even encouraged women to burn their headscarves, to discourage its officially atheist youth from falling under...
  • Russia's Chechnya inaugurates vast new mosque

    10/17/2008 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 17, 2008
    GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov opened one of Europe's biggest mosques in the rebuilt capital of the southern Russian region Friday, saying it was proof Russian rule and Islam can go together. The mosque, named "The Heart of Chechnya" and constructed by Turkish builders, can host up to 10,000 worshippers. Its minarets rise as high as 62 m (200 ft) and the complex extends over 14 hectares (35 acres), including a vast garden. "With the start of the Chechen war, the enemies of Islam and foes of Russia alleged that Russia wages war against Islam and the...
  • Rival accuses pro-Kremlin Chechen leader of murder

    09/25/2008 11:25:54 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 227+ views ^ | Sep 25, 2008
    GUDERMES, Russia (Reuters) - A Chechen warlord on Thursday accused the Russian region's pro-Kremlin leader of killing his brother and vowed to take revenge, pitching the two most powerful men in Chechnya against each other. Chechnya's pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied any role in the shooting. About 70 to 80 men -- mainly family members and loyal fighters -- attended the funeral of Ruslan Yamadayev in the town of Gudermes east of the Chechen capital Grozny. Gunmen killed the former parliamentary deputy as he drove through the center of Moscow Wednesday evening. "I accuse Ramzan Kadyrov of the murder of...
  • Gracious Grozny

    09/18/2008 7:30:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 180+ views ^ | 09/18/2008 | Anatol Lieven
    Grozny, which I last saw as an immense heap of rubble, is now a truly impressive sight, with fine modern apartment blocks and a beautiful Turkish-built mosque, modeled on the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, towering over the main square. Grozny as it now stands is a vast improvement on the city as it stood before the war of 1994, when it was a dirty, run-down Soviet industrial city with grim, shabby architecture, very few amenities—and no visible mosques at all. ... It may, however, have been a help in the reconstruction that the current population of 228,000 is less than...
  • Kadyrov believes, the USA attack against Iraq insulted the entire Islamic world

    09/12/2008 1:46:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 362+ views ^ | 11 September 2008
    Gudermes, September 11, Interfax - The Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov criticized the USA foreign policy and stated that Washington provoked aggression against South Ossetia and insulted all Muslim world with its attacks against Iraq. "They (the USA - IF) provoked Mikhail Saakashvili to unleash war against South Ossetia. I don't think the United States of America have any future with such leaders. I'm ill disposed to the USA leaders, while I sincerely respect people of the USA," Kadyrov said in Gudermes at his meeting with the Valdai discussion club. The Chechen head believes the USA contributes to enhancing terrorist threat....
  • Chechen President Says U.S. Fomenting Caucasus Unrest

    09/11/2008 1:01:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 298+ views ^ | 12 September 2008
    GROZNY -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has accused the United States of fomenting unrest in the Caucasus and emboldening Georgia to launch an attack on South Ossetia. Speaking to members of the Valdai Discussion Club at his residence near Grozny, he said Russia's crushing defeat of Georgian troops in their brief war was the appropriate response. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili "was dancing to someone else's tune," Kadyrov said during the one-hour briefing. "He started a war, an inhuman war. ... The United States was testing Russia through Georgia, and Russia reacted decisively." He backed Moscow's recognition of South Ossetia and...
  • Chechen President to Inaugurate Largest Mosque in Europe

    08/27/2008 10:52:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 164+ views ^ | August 27, 2008
    The Russian-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov will inaugurate the "largest mosque in Europe" on October 17, the Russian official news agency Novosty reported. Over 10,000 worshipers will be able to pray inside the mosque, which will be named after the president's father, Ahmad Kadyrov, who was killed in 2004. "The largest mosque in Europe… will by inaugurated on the first day of the International Peacemakers' Conference, titled 'Islam – Religion of Peace and Progress,'" the grand mufti of Chechnya, Sultan Mirzayev, told the press. Mirzayev underlined that approximately 50 countries have already approved their participation in the three-day conference. The...
  • Chechen strongman calls on Russian army to give up premises

    07/21/2008 12:49:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 149+ views
    AFP ^ | July 19, 2008
    Chechnya's pro-Moscow president Ramzan Kadyrov on Saturday called on Russia's military to give up land and buildings it has occupied "without legal basis" in the war-torn republic, Interfax reported. "Chechnya is a full-fledged part of the Russian Federation, all laws apply here, and not only civil authorities must respect the law, but also the military command of units stationed in Chechnya," the news agency quoted the Kremlin-backed strongman as saying. "These army units occupy huge territories and sites, most of them without any legal basis. And when I demand to put all this in order, they report that Kadyrov is...
  • The brutal biography of Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov

    06/17/2008 8:25:39 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 156+ views ^ | June 17, 2008 | Megan K. Stack
    There are a few things Kadyrov won't talk about. The first is the war. When Chechnya fought the first of its two wars for independence from Moscow, Kadyrov and his father fought against the Russians. He shrugs that he was "15, maybe 16" when he led his first militia. He says he didn't have a childhood. He doesn't want to remember those times. The process of switching sides to the Moscow camp -- that, too, is an unwelcome topic. "I was always with the people," he says. "I don't know who changed which side, but I was always with the...
  • Mysterious Shifts in Chechnya

    05/23/2008 5:06:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 118+ views ^ | 22 May 2008 | Thomas de Waal
    Like one of those dark mysterious beech forests of the Caucasus, Chechnya still contains many secrets and most of what is going on there is hidden from outside view. From a distance, it looks as though war is over and the republic's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, is firmly in control. Kadyrov is now busy eliminating the threat posed by the last substantial visible armed group operating in Chechnya, the Vostok battalion run by the Yamadayev brothers. Somewhere in the shadows, a much less visible armed resistance numbering perhaps a few hundred men still flickers on in the southeastern mountains, but they...
  • Chechen commander warns ex-rebels ready for new war

    04/21/2008 4:49:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 75+ views ^ | Apr 19, 2008 | Gleb Bryanski
    MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) - A dissident Chechen military commander said on Saturday amnestied rebels recruited by Chechnya's pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan Kadyrov were engaged in violence and stood ready for another war with Russia. Sulim Yamadayev, in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio station, described a situation in Chechnya at odds with Kremlin claims that it has re-established control there. Russia fought Chechen rebels in two wars since 1994 which killed thousands. "You think there is order here? This amnestied army goes around with weapons. They do not have to hide and run... They have everything. They are just waiting,"...
  • Chechnya tense after pro-Russia rivals fight

    04/17/2008 5:28:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 81+ views ^ | Apr 16, 2008 | James Kilner
    GUDERMES, Russia, April 16 (Reuters) - Rival pro-Russian forces in Chechnya faced each other in a tense standoff on Wednesday after a shootout that left several people dead. Soldiers commanded by pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov clashed earlier this week with fighters supporting a rival pro-Russian commander in Gudermes, a town in the east of the mainly Muslim region. Extra armed guards patrolled the president's residence on Wednesday and RIA news agency reported that law enforcement agencies were searching houses belonging to Sulim Yamadayev, the rival commander whose forces had fought Kadyrov's soldiers. A witness living in Gudermes told Reuters...
  • Russia's Chechnya to honor neglected Soviet leader

    03/26/2008 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 133+ views ^ | Mar 25, 2008 | James Kilner
    GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev is little loved in Russia, but in one corner of the Caucasus mountains he holds the status of a national hero. The mainly Muslim southern republic of Chechnya plans to build a statue in its capital to honor Khrushchev, 37 years after he died in obscurity after being ousted and shunned by the Communist Party leadership. Khrushchev, known in the West for his eccentric behavior and blunt style, has a special place in Chechen consciousness -- they were among the beneficiaries of his rehabilitation of those purged by his predecessor, Josef...
  • Russia rearms former rebels to patrol Chechnya

    03/18/2008 10:05:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 383+ views
    Reuters ^ | 19 Mar 2008 | James Kilner
    SHALI, Russia, March 19 (Reuters) - At the barracks nestled in the Caucasus mountains, the Chechen military officer popped a chunk of moist, fatty mutton into his mouth and leaned across the table. "We now have new weapons, new armoured personnel carriers, sniper rifles and anti-mine equipment," he said wiping the grease from his mouth with the back of his hand. "The Russians have re-equipped and trained my men." This is the trade-off that has helped Russian President Vladimir Putin subdue a separatist insurgency in Chechnya that raged for more than a decade. Moscow has armed and equipped a local...
  • Chechens as Janissaries of the regime?

    03/10/2008 11:05:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 241+ views
    Prague Watchdog ^ | March 9th 2008 | Dmitry Shlapentokh
    The recent parliamentary and presidential elections, Putin’s high popularity rating and an apparently smooth transition to his successor, Medvedev, should not deceive the observer into viewing them as indicators of the country’s absolute stability. While it is true that the rich have become even richer, and the emergent middle class has also benefited from the regime’s prosperity, the windfall of money is not merely of benefit to a comparatively small segment of Russian society – it continues to exercise its principal focus on a few regions and big cities. Provincial Russia continues to be mostly left behind. And there are...
  • Chechen head rules out opposition

    11/02/2007 12:19:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 115+ views ^ | 1 November 2007 | Richard Galpin
    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has said there is no need for any official opposition parties in the southern Russian republic. Mr Kadyrov also repeated that 100% of voters in Chechnya would support the party headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in coming elections. Mr Kadyrov, 31, told foreign journalists in the capital, Grozny, the Chechen people loved their government. He also denied he or his militia had committed any human rights violations. Personality cult denied This was not a conventional news conference. The Russian and Chechen officials who have been escorting us around Chechnya over the past two days told...
  • Chechen President to take part in the Kaaba washing

    08/13/2007 2:04:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 528+ views ^ | August 13, 2007
    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov will be the first Russian citizen to take part in the traditional ceremony of the washing of the Kaaba, the cube-like black shrine in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca which millions of Muslims worldwide face in their daily prayers. The Chechen leader is also expected to meet King Abdullah on Tuesday during the official part of his visit to Saudi Arabia. “It’s very important for our people and for Russia, as the world press tends to say a religious war is going on in Chechnya and that Muslims support terrorists. In our republic we have a Muslim majority,...