Gudermes, 18 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- The new Moscow-appointed
administration in Chechnya is showing signs of strain and internal
division, five weeks into its existence.
Russian news agencies report a conflict broke out today between top
loyalist Chechen officials over who is in control. The Kremlin spokesman on
Chechnya Sergei Yastrzhembsky said the dispute broke out after the head of
the pro-Moscow administration, Akhmad Kadyrov, dismissed the loyalist
leaders of several districts. Kadyrov's deputy, Bislan Gantamirov, who
disagreed with the decision, and 200 of his armed supporters staged a show
of force outside Kadyrov's headquarters.
Yastrzhembsky said a meeting earlier today in Gudermes between
Kadyrov, Gantamirov and Russian military commanders failed to resolve the