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  • Friction between Putin and Kadyrov

    04/04/2018 8:31:34 AM PDT · by BeadCounter
    Le Monde Diplomatique ^ | April 2018 | Régis Genté
    Ramzan Kadyrov ruled Chechnya for eight years without Russian president Vladimir Putin publicly rebuking him, until December 2014, when armed insurgents killed 24 in central Grozny. A few days later, the Chechen authorities applied a collective punishment (an approach they favour), destroying the homes of the rebels’ families. On live television, Putin stressed that ‘everyone in Russia must observe the law.’ As a sign that this was more than a momentary irritation, he then cast doubt on the renewal of Kadyrov’s mandate as head of the republic in March 2016. Kadyrov said he was thinking of resigning, but according to...
  • Kadyrov Calls Putin A 'Superhero' Who Should Rule Russia For Life

    02/18/2018 8:43:43 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | February 16, 2018 | Staff - RFE/RL
    The Kremlin-backed head of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, says he hopes President Vladimir Putin will remain in power for life. The remark, not unusual for a regional leader who has frequently praised the president and called himself Putin's "foot soldier," comes weeks ahead of a March 18 presidential election that seems certain to hand Putin a new six-year term. "I wish our president and supreme commander in chief a long life and hope that he will run our country for life," Kadyrov said in a post on Telegram on February 15.
  • Are Russia’s 20 million Muslims seething about Putin bombing Syria?

    02/04/2018 2:25:17 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Egor Lazarev and Anna Biryukova
    Many observers have warned that Putin’s military campaign in Syria may backfire at home. Russia’s 144 million people include about 20 million Muslims; the overwhelming majority are Sunnis. Some analysts believe that these Russian Sunnis will recoil from Russia’s support for Assad’s Alawite-dominated regime and its attacks on Sunni rebels, and from Russia’s effort to lead a coalition of Shiite powers, Iran, Iraq and Syria. If pundits’ predictions were true, Muslims would be more likely to choose the anti-war response and less likely to support Putin’s intervention. But that’s not exactly what we found. ...There wasn’t a consensus among any...
  • The Muslim Woman Challenging Putin: Aina Gamzatova

    02/04/2018 1:45:24 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 17 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Mansur Mirovalev
    Aina Gamzatova, a 46-year-old woman from Dagestan, has made it official. She wants to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election. Some see her campaign - irrespective of its results - as a way to boost the image of Muslim women in Russia and to attract attention to the needs of impoverished, overpopulated and multi-ethnic Dagestan. Her husband, Akhmad Abdulaev, is the Mufti of Dagestan, Russia's troubled province where a confrontation between fighters, clans and federal forces has killed thousands. She belongs to a Sufi order that has tens of thousands of followers and whose leader,...
  • Putin Calls for a 'Revival' of Islamic Education in Russia

    01/26/2018 12:31:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Yegor Aleyev
    President Vladimir Putin has promised government backing for Islamic religious education in Russia, in a bid to stave extremism and cater to Russia’s large Muslim community. Up to 20 million Muslims make up Russia’s second-largest religious minority. Thousands of young radicalized Russians have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist fighters in recent years, making the country the largest source of foreign fighters in the war-torn region. At a meeting with Islamic religious figures on Wednesday, Russia’s president pledged “undoubted support” for a "revival of Islamic education in Russia," the state-run TASS news agency reported. “Traditional Islam is an...
  • Kadyrov vows to protect Russian language

    11/28/2017 7:04:27 AM PST · by NorseViking · 2 replies
    Vzglyad bussiness daily ^ | November 28, 2017 | Sayeed Tsarnaev&Viktoria Fedotova
    Discussion on is it necessary or not to learn Russian in ethnic Rupublics will lead to another war, the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, told Telegram. According to him, Russian land is multianational and multilingual, but the creator and master is a Russian man. "We, the peoples inhabiting Russia, must communicate with each other. And the Russian language unites us all. The Russian language is compulsory in our country, it is the language of the land. Everyone who lives in Russia has the right to learn from Russian. It does not matter how many languages ​​you speak, because...
  • Kremlin frets as Russia's once restive Islamist region takes up political Islam

    09/20/2017 10:51:06 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 26 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 20, 2017 | Fred Weir
    SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS   Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was installed by Putin to squelch Chechnya's Islamist insurrection. But Kadyrov's adoption of sharia and political Islam in the region are challenging Russia's secular constitutional order. MOSCOW—Russia fought two bloody wars in its Caucasus republic of Chechnya, ostensibly to crush an emerging threat of Islamist extremism on its own soil. So it is with no small irony that the strongman Moscow installed to run a pacified Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, is increasingly posing a similar challenge to Russia's secular constitutional order. Mr. Kadyrov is imposing sharia (Islamic law) on his population – and lately,...
  • 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.