June 14, 2008 |
The volatile North Caucasus experienced one of its worst eruptions of violence in months with at least nine people killed in attacks across the region, officials said Friday. The Kremlin is struggling to contain a mix of Islamist insurgents, separatists and organized crime groups, though a separatist rebellion in one of the region's hotspots, Chechnya, has largely been quelled. The latest bloodshed included a blast in the Ingushetia region that killed four people and a rebel attack in Chechnya that killed at least three.
November 22, 2007 |
The president of Chechnya has called for all women to cover their heads with scarves, the latest in a series of his unofficial orders toughening social customs for women in the mainly Muslim Russian region. The recommendation by President Ramzan Kadyrov during a TV address last week was not a legally binding order.
April 28, 2007 |
A Russian military helicopter crashed Friday during a combat mission against separatist guerrillas in the southern republic of Chechnya, killing at least 18 soldiers, authorities said. Initial reports said the craft was brought down by rebel fire, but officials later said it was more likely that mechanical failure was the cause. Three insurgents were reported killed in the battle, but others apparently escaped into nearby mountains.
April 6, 2007 |
A widely feared former security chief who has been linked to human rights abuses was sworn in as Chechnya's president, vowing to bring prosperity to the region racked by two wars, Islamic extremism and grinding poverty since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ramzan Kadyrov, 30, was inaugurated under high security in front of 2,000 guests and journalists in Gudermes, 25 miles east of the capital, Grozny. He pledged that Chechnya would remain part of Russia.
March 17, 2007 |
Russian federal police in war-battered Chechnya regularly engage in torture of detainees, the republic's Kremlin-backed president declared Friday, as he announced a criminal investigation into the alleged abuse. President Ramzan Kadyrov, whose own Chechen forces have faced frequent allegations of human rights abuses, including kidnappings, torture and killings, singled out a detention facility known as ORB-2 and run by the Russian Interior Ministry in the town of Urus-Martan.
March 2, 2007 |
President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday gave power in Chechnya to widely feared pro-Russia strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, even as Europe's human rights chief noted allegations of torture and other abuses by Kadyrov's henchmen. Kadyrov, son of an assassinated Chechen president, previously served as prime minister and had been expected to seek the presidency after reaching the minimum age of 30 in October.