May 3, 2010
There is a disturbing pattern in the deaths and disappearances of more than a dozen critics and political rivals of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The victims range from human rights activists to former warlords and have little in common beyond having challenged the Kremlin-backed leader of the North Caucasus republic. They have been killed or kidnapped in Moscow, Vienna and Istanbul, as well as in the Chechen capital of Grozny. In some cases there is circumstantial evidence linking the cases to Kadyrov, and in others there is no evidence, just suspicion.
March 3, 2007 |
A Kremlin-backed strongman who has spearheaded efforts to pacify war-battered Chechnya through a mix of repression and economic reconstruction won legislative approval Friday as the southern region's president. Ramzan Kadyrov, the son of a former president of the republic of Chechnya who was assassinated in 2004, previously was prime minister. He has been the most powerful figure in the region since his father's death. However, he turned 30, the minimum age for the top post, only in October.
June 11, 2004 |
Chechnya's strongly pro-Russian interior minister Thursday became the leading contender to replace recently assassinated President Akhmad Kadyrov, winning the endorsement of the slain leader's powerful son and closest associates.
March 17, 2010 |
They are selling secrets along the shining corridors of the Savyolovsky Market: Unlisted numbers. Tax returns. Customs declarations. Wanted lists. Police reports. Car registrations. Business permits. Wrenched from the bowels of government by the forces of runaway capitalism and corruption, the hush-hush databases have made their way to this market in central Moscow where the windows of tiny shops glitter with cellphones, pirated DVDs and porn. Compressed on discs, frozen in Cyrillic letters, is a trove of petty squabbles and personal tragedies that make up the fabric of this vast and often lawless land.
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.
July 12, 2006
ALL THAT REMAINS OF SHAMIL BASAYEV, the man known as Russia's Osama bin Laden, are his head and pieces of his prosthetic leg. Regardless of whether the blast that killed the Chechen separatist leader resulted from his own carelessness or Moscow's cunning, his death could not have come at a better time for Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
June 23, 2009 |
A suicide car bomber struck the presidential motorcade in the restive Russian republic of Ingushetia on Monday morning, killing at least one aide and sending the president to the hospital amid conflicting reports of his condition. The attempt to assassinate Yunus Bek Yevkurov, a career military and intelligence officer charged with taming the violence in the largely Muslim republic, underscored the instability and insurrections in Russia's southern borderlands.
August 20, 2009 |
Russia's president acknowledged today that growing violence in the impoverished southern republic of Ingushetia is rooted in unresolved domestic problems such as corruption and poverty. The statement was a stark admission of the deep and ominous troubles tearing at the Caucasus -- and a departure for an administration that has generally preferred to downplay the violence in its restive southern republics or, when pressed, to blame the bloodshed on foreign meddling. "You talked about the influence of a number of factors, including international ones such as funding of terrorists, religious extremism.
August 12, 2009 |
The bodies of an aid worker and her husband were found shot to death and stuffed into the trunk of their car today, a day after the couple was abducted at gunpoint from their office in Chechnya. Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of a nonprofit organization known as Save the Generation, had devoted her life to helping children traumatized and maimed in the two Chechen wars. She was particularly known for acquiring prosthetic limbs for the children, her colleagues said. Her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov, was a former rebel fighter.
August 18, 2009 |
A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives through the gate of a busy police station in Russia's restive republic of Ingushetia today, killing 20 people in the blast and sending nearly 140 to the hospital, witnesses and officials said. The attack in the city of Nazran blew a gaping hole in the main building of the police station, mangled cars and peeled balconies and roofing off a nearby apartment building, witnesses said. Firefighters struggled to evacuate workers trapped in the burning rubble and to keep flames away from the nearby munitions depot, where small arms could be heard exploding in the heat of the fire, witnesses said.