June 17, 2008 |
'I'm going to make them scream." The president of Chechnya looks out at the menagerie of birds, floating on the murky man-made lake in his backyard: black swans, pelicans and ducks. Ostriches roam the opposite bank. Deep grunts of laughter shake his thick chest, jolting his barrel arms. Then Ramzan Kadyrov stops laughing. "Bring me the tiger!" he barks to his camouflage-clad servants. "Bring me bread!" Two former guerrilla fighters wrestle a chained tiger down the muddy slope.
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.