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Video footage of the incident posted by the Kremlin-loyal website Lifenews shows two men approaching Mikhail Kasyanov at his table, one of whom violently slams a cake into his face while the other appears to film the attack.

Kremlin: No Link Between Kasyanov Incident, Chechen Leadership

The Kremlin has condemned an attack against Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov and said there was no reason to associate the incident with Chechnya’s leadership. More

Russian opposition politician and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov (file photo)

Ex-Russian PM Hit With Cake In Moscow

Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov says he was attacked by a group of men who threw a cake at him while he dined in a Moscow restaurant on February 9. More

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Russian TV To Air Docu On Chechens In Syria

Russian state television is to broadcast a documentary this week alleging that Chechen forces loyal to the Kremlin are on the ground in Syria. More

Reputed Chechen-Kyrgyz Crime Boss's Sister Detained In Russia

A sister of a reputed crime boss from Kyrgyzstan, Aziz Batukaev, has been detained in Russia and charged with drug possession. More

A screengrab from the Instagram account of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadryov that shows Russian opposition activists Mikhail Kisyanov (left) and Vladimir Kara-Murza in a rifle's crosshairs.

Kremlin Urged For Response On Kadyrov 'Threats'

Russian rights defenders are demanding a government response to a video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov that shows a sniper targeting two well-known activists. More

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Russia Expels Circassian Resettlers As Turkey Relations Sour

The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations that followed the downing by the Turkish Air Force of a Russian warplane two months ago has created an unforeseen and potentially disastrous situation for hundreds of Circassians from Turkey who over the past decade have settled in the North Caucasus and opened small businesses there. More

Audio Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

It's pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov -- and he knows it. And whether he is Vladimir Putin's loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an integral part of Russia's political system. More
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Features & Commentary

Kadyrov Posts Video Showing Ex-PM, Antigovernment Activist In Crosshairs

For a Kremlin-backed leader already accused of running a brutal regime in Chechnya, anything -- and apparently anyone -- is fair game.
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In Izvestia, Kadyrov Says Russian Opposition 'Jackals' Will Be 'Punished'

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's latest chilling rant against opponents and critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been published in a pro-Kremlin newspaper -- a possible sign of approval at the highest levels.
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In Latest Salvo, Kadyrov Ally Threatens To Sic Attack Dog On Russian Opposition

A menacing Instagram post featuring an angry dog being restrained by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is the latest salvo in an escalating confrontation between the Kremlin-backed regional leader and liberal Russians calling for his dismissal.
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Kadyrov Called A Disgrace, Then Scores Apology

An independent lawmaker in Krasnoyarsk has created a scandal in Russia with a scathing social-media attack on the controversial head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov -- followed quickly by an apology. However, legislator Konstantin Senchenko says he just stated what many others are thinking but are afraid to say in public.
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Kadyrov's Collective Punishment, Public Shamings Anger Chechens

Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader has pledged to punish families of Chechen emigres who protested in Austria against his iron-fisted rule. Although collective punishment and public shaming are not new in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov's latest clampdown is causing dismay among many Chechens.
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