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 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.
January 16, 2007 |
More than 500 militants in Chechnya and other parts of Russia's troubled North Caucasus mountain region have surrendered to authorities as part of an amnesty that expired Monday, an official said. Authorities last summer promised that militants who surrendered would not be prosecuted unless they were suspected of grave crimes such as murder, rape or terrorism. An official with the office of President Vladimir V.
August 30, 2006 |
About 50 militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in a ceremony led by Chechnya's prime minister, who said rebel numbers were dwindling in the war-ravaged region, officials said. The ceremony in Chechnya's second-largest city, Gudermes, was the latest step in a campaign by Moscow-backed Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov to cast himself as a leader bringing peace to the republic after a separatist conflict that began in 1994.
August 15, 2006 |
Russia's intelligence services have found a new way to get a surrender appeal to Chechen separatist rebels: They are sending it on cellphones by text message. Cellphone users in the republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, have begun receiving text messages from Russia's state anti-terrorist committee urging rebels to accept an offer to disarm in exchange for a fair trial.
July 5, 2006 |
Gunmen attacked a Russian military convoy in the Chechnya region, killing at least five soldiers and wounding as many as 25, officials said. Pro-rebel websites claimed that more than 20 soldiers were killed. The convoy was traveling near the town of Avtury, southeast of Grozny, the Chechen capital, when it came under fire, the Interior Ministry said. Chechnya has been torn by two wars pitting Russian forces and local allies against separatist rebels in the last 12 years.