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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Chechen Kadyrov Created State Within State – 5 More Years By Medvedev

Posted by Info on 21/03/2011

Kadyrov runs the Muslim region as his personal fiefdom, with a private militia and his own men on the police force, who have been accused of abductions, torture and murder. Establishing the veneer of a separate Islamic state, Kadyrov forces women to wear headscarves, encourages polygamy and observes elements of sharia law, all in violation of Russian law and contrary to more liberal Chechen tradition.

NEXT MONTH HE WILL BEGIN FIVE MORE YEARS IN OFFICE, THANKS TO PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV.

Even though Putin has systematically consolidated his power over regional leaders — in 2004 making their office appointed rather than elected — and Medvedev often lauds the rule of law, the two Russian leaders appear to have little control here and no choice but to applaud Kadyrov’s second inauguration April 5.

Last week, Kadyrov summoned a group of foreign journalists visiting Grozny..he deflected questions about human rights violations and asserted he honors Russian law.Russia gave us the mission to destroy terrorism and extinguish it in the North Caucasus,” Kadyrov said, “and results have already been achieved.”

Expert said: “The irony is that Russia now has what amounts to an autonomous Chechnya, after it fought two wars to stop Chechen autonomy.”

Kadyrov told reporters last week that there are only 68 militants in Chechnya, and he knows all of their names. One is Doku Umarov… on its list of known terrorists…

The Memorial human rights organization says that 2009 saw at least 93 abductions and 30 murders in Chechnya, which has a population of just over 1 million. Memorial suggested that the actual number was three or four times higher, but that people were too frightened to report the crimes.
Memorial drastically curtailed its work here. Its chief investigator, Natalya Estemirova, who had tangled publicly with Kadyrov over rights issues, was abducted outside her Grozny home in July 2009. Hours later, her bullet-ridden body was found in a clump of woods.
Every woman in the republic who has a son is afraid,….we don’t know when they’ll (police) come. How can we hide?”

Kadyrov once fought against the Russians, leaving school to take up arms at 16 in the first Chechen war. But his father, Akhmad, eventually changed sides, was elected president of Chechnya in 2003 and was killed in a bombing in 2004.Today he is Subsidized by Moscow.

“There is only one law in the Chechen Republic, and that is the law of Kadyrov,” said Tanya Lokshina, who researched last week’s report for Human Rights Watch on the forced Islamic dress code. What he says is law.”

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