Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
September 5, 2006 -- Chechnya's Moscow-backed prime minister has dismissed a proposal by the republic's president to rename Chechnya.
Ramzan Kadyrov said such a move would be "economically inexpedient."
Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said on September 4 the current name had a negative connotation and proposed renaming Chechnya the Republic of Nokhchiin.
Russian officials also dismissed the proposal.
The Chechnya Conflict
The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)
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