Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov (AFP)
GROZNY, July 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Ramzan Kadyrov today marks his first 100 days as president of the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.
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.
Islam In The North Caucasus
Madrasah students in Khasavyurt, Daghestan (RFE/RL file photo)
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.