Large celebrations had been planned for today in Grozny, but were canceled at the last minute without explanation by the presidential administration, RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service reports.
Kadyrov, whom critics have accused of rampant rights abuses, was inaugurated on April 5 after the Chechen parliament approved his nomination by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
SIMMERING TENSIONS: Fatima Tlisova, former North Caucasus editor for the Regnum news agency and a former North Caucasus-based freelancer for RFE/RL, AP, and others, told an RFE/RL briefing that the Russian government is cracking down hard on mosques and Islamic organizations throughout the region.
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