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Putin Praises Son Of Killed Chechen President

21 August 2005-- Russian President Vladimir Putin today praised the son of assassinated Chechen President Akhmed-haji Kadyrov.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ramzan Kadyrov met with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi one day after a ceremony in the Chechen capital Grozny to unveil a statue of his father, who was killed in a bomb blast in 2004.

Russian news agencies quoted Putin as telling Kadyrov that he has done much to continue his father's efforts to restore Chechnya.

Kadyrov is a deputy prime minister for Chechnya and is likely to assume power in the region once he reaches 30, the minimum age for leadership as required by the Chechen Constitution.

Kadyrov holds vast business interests in Chechnya. His security forces -- estimated at more than 2,000 -- are accused of abuses.