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Hollywood Stars Help Chechen Leader Celebrate Birthday

Hollywood Stars Attend Kadyrov's Lavish Birthday Partyi
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October 06, 2011
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov hosted an extragavant party for his 35th birthday on October 5, rebranded as Grozny's "City Day" to celebrate the opening of a new downtown real estate development. Hollywood actors Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hilary Swank were among the celebrity guests. Reuters video
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov hosted an extragavant party for his 35th birthday on October 5, rebranded as Grozny's "City Day" to celebrate the opening of a new downtown real estate development. Hollywood actors Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hilary Swank w
WATCH: Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov pulls out all the stops in celebrating his birthday in Grozny. (Reuters video)

A number of Hollywood film stars have attended celebrations in honor of the 35th birthday of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank and action-movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme were among the Hollywood notables who attended the party on October 5 in the Chechen capital, Grozny.

Noted violinist Vanessa-Mae also performed at the gala, which included Kadyrov taking part in folk dances on stage.

Swank appeared on stage to thank Kadyrov for the invitation to visit the formerly war-wracked Chechen capital.

"This is my first time in Grozny," she said. "I love to travel. I love to see the world. I love to see different cultures. So really, truly, for me, this is a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you're building."

Russian movie stars, celebrities, and politicians also attended the celebrations, which ended with fireworks over downtown Grozny.

No clear details were available on how much money the stars may have received in exchange for attending the party.

Kadyrov has come under heavy criticism from rights groups for alleged abuses and corruption under his regime, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement in abductions or torture.

compiled from agency reports

  • Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (left) with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme during his 35th-birthday celebrations in Grozny.
  • Musician Vanessa-Mae performs.
  • Kadyrov dances with singer Amina Akhmadova during his birthday celebrations.
  • Fireworks light up the night sky in Grozny.
  • U.S. actress Hilary Swank attended Kadyrov's birthday bash.
  • Chechnya used the occasion of Kadyrov's birthday to open a giant business complex in the capital.
  • Kadyrov, seen speaking during his birthday celebrations, has come under heavy criticism from rights groups for alleged abuses, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement in abductions or torture.
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by: Andrew Ludanyi from: Ohio Northern University
October 06, 2011 16:12
Money can buy celebrations. But such ostentacious celebrations cannot purchase the good-will or the well-beign of the Chechen people. What do these "stars" hope to achieve? They must be total air-heads to think that what they have witnessed at Kadyrov's birthday party really reflects the reality of present-day abused and oppressed Chechnya!
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October 06, 2011 20:49
Andryushka where were you when russians killed 42,000 Chechen kids in Chechnya that is 4% of the Chechen population and 200,000 adult civilians? Were you protesting you ^#$%ing russian garbage.
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by: Mohammed
October 09, 2011 17:19
North Caucasus people are beautiful, it is better to watch Al-Jazeera
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by: Waffen SS
October 07, 2011 21:58
Good show, beautiful buildings Mr.Kadyrov please rebuild Grozny more, Chechnya needs at least 10 millions new skyscrapers, and have more shows like that every day, invite US/French/Japanese actors and make sure Russia pays. Pays till its bankrupt.

by: Regular Joe from: USA
October 06, 2011 16:50
I hate to say that I'm not surprised to see Van Damme associating with that psychopath Kadyrov, but Hillary Swank? I didn't realize she was would sell whore herself out by providing validation to swine.

My question is: Where is Sean Penn? I thought he got his kicks by partying with brutal, authoritarian "leaders." Maybe he was tied up advising Hugo Chavez on foreign policy or helping the Castro brothers plan the economy?
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by: Uncle Joe from: Yalta summit
October 06, 2011 20:08
Aaah,dearest plain Joe from the good old US of A,ya surprised at million $$$girl`s sell out for a few thousand quid???That`s pocket money compared to the Hundreds of billions $$$$deals american corporate businesses do with regimes the USA is alledgedly against.That just proves the term a great russian writer coined some century and a half ago - `The Whore of Europe`-now you can apply that term to the whole West and its clumsy imitators from the east.
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by: Chechen
October 06, 2011 20:53
Kadyrov is a product of the USA and ruSSia so quit being so "surprised".
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by: Indeed
October 10, 2011 13:16
Indeed! if he wasn't, the USA would never let Hollywood actors to go to Chechnya and Russia would never let them into Chechnya either. Both of the coutries support the puppet dictatorship in Chechnya, as long as they opress Muslims like in Syria, Lybia, Yemen etc. Shakira also wanted to go there but she would be late for Obama's innaguration of her as the advisor in his educational sector.

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
October 06, 2011 19:28
One can imagine how the typical Russian might view this elaborate celebration. Given their painful past, some Russians might prefer the desolate and destroyed Grozny of ten years ago.

by: Veronika from: SF
October 06, 2011 19:53
Kadyrov destiny is to be killed shortly after Putin looses power. So please be nice to him, let him have a little bit of fun

by: Fact from: Grozny, Chechen Republic
October 06, 2011 20:02
If you saw the shooting after the event that you would probably greatly surprised! I saw to my happiness. People do not work, people are starving, and this hypocrite dancing. Once there was dancing, bands of dollars, and much more. The most amazing thing that only to one Vanessa Mae gave $ 500,000 when the budget has no money to fix the water. Not in one house in Grozny not have cold water, no heating . From the street, beautiful house and inside there is nothing for a normal life. At the same time, utility bills for poor people come to this account at $ 5000-6000. And then Putin wonders, why youth goes to war against the regime when Chechnya everything so well. As told in one film, "This world is wound on a person's eyes." Since I am a journalist with the experience I see this whole situation, but talk about it here in Russia I can not. Kadyrov himself only makes money with Putin, but no one think about the people.
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by: Chechen
October 07, 2011 13:24
Fact you are not from Grozny. I do not like Kadyrov but you russians/westerners lie a lot. "utility bills for poor people come to this account at $ 5000-6000" I am not sure where you got this Goebbels propaganda piece.
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by: Fact from: Grozny, Chechen Republic
October 07, 2011 21:42
I am a Chechen, and I live in Grozny. What I say, not propaganda of. What I am saying is a fact. I can give you an example. I personally come to notice that I have to state utility bills of $ 4000. This account is only one apartment, on the other I'm just not going to say. This is assuming that my apartment has bombed back in 1999. And now I tell you about my neighbor. My neighbor came to pay 370,000 rubles notice, which is equal to 12500 $. He is still suing them. Now, my friend. His house is located at the place where Ramzan Kadyrov has built a residence. His house was destroyed. It was destroyed by bombing in 2000, and the territory occupied illegally. To him also came the notification to pay $ 6,000. If you come I'll show you the documents. Now the main thing. I know how and on what terms, these bills come to people. I know all about corruption and who is who gives a bribe. I know too much that would just write about it in the comments. I am a journalist and not gossip. I note only the facts. 90% of people in Chechnya live on pensions of their elders. I know a lot, but writing about it in Russia does not make sense. Do not give. Here, all under the rule of Putin and Ramzan. Who killed Politkovskaya Estemirova and everybody knows, but silent. The only people, who spoke the truth to the Government in the eye.
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by: Dangestan
October 09, 2011 16:48
Brother you are using word utility in a wrong context. You know better than anyone else its not Kadyrov who is the problem its russian scum.

by: Tsayt from: Canada
October 07, 2011 02:27
Shame on these Hollywood actors for participating in a birthday celebrations for a two-bit thug like Kadyrov. Hollywood should bar these actors.

This is soooo Saddam Hussain and Muammar Qaddafi. They think they are modern-day Zeus or something. Where does Kadyrov get this money to spend on himself, this is HIS birthday party and not Chechnya's nation anniversary.

Absolutely disgusting spectacle.
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by: Alif
October 07, 2011 14:03
Kadyrov is one of the oppressors and one of the murderers. He is a product of Russia-USA pact. You made him. You support him. You give him money and actors. You are being "critical" toward him to look "good". You will try to protect him, but you will fail.

"Sayyid Ahmad Husamaddin (ra) added such a note about Hazrat Mahdi's (as) birthplace in his Istihracname:
An individual [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will come from the Muslims, and the honor of that individual will shed light like the rays of the Sun from THE HIGHEST PEAK OF THE CAUCASUS."

by: Fact from: Grozny
October 17, 2011 20:42
Kadyrov issued a new decree. Now banned in Chechnya Sell Now bridal gowns European type .))))) I do not understand the person who says that in Chechnya do not have a dictatorship. Kadyrov has officially declared on television that he was all illegal to sell wedding dresses in Chechnya, that he even telephoned to the director of television and said that he would have removed the ads bridal salons .:):):) Kadyrov is a dictator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by: dlya facera
October 18, 2011 22:59
Yeah yeah after you said that utility bills in Chechnya $5,000/month we "believe" you again silly commie.
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by: Fact from: Grozny
October 19, 2011 19:10
Believe it or not is your problem. I present just the facts. Browsing the Internet is easy to say, that is not true. In your what I'm talking just so you can dream up?? And most importantly why should I?? When I write here, I'm trying to tell people the truth no more. Just here in Chechnya do not give to tell the truth. I can anyone prove, that what I am saying is true, on the facts if necessary.
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by: Fact from: Grozny
October 19, 2011 19:22
By the way! When I said that coming utility bills by $ 5,000, I meant for the entire period of war, not one month to read to learn. Amateur provocation)))

by: Chan Chen Chon from: China Republic
October 20, 2011 06:23
Kadirov is a Chechen. This is the fact. İf he fails, another Chechen will come to kill Chechens.
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by: Fact from: Grozny
October 20, 2011 14:46
Kadyrov, a murderer and a dictator, not more. It would be better Chechnya was the 51 state of the USA)))
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by: Nohchi from: Vilayat Nohchiche
October 22, 2011 00:46
Chechenia is a part of the Northern Caucasian Emirate.

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