Kadyrov (file photo) (epa)
August 12, 2007 -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov left today for an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Kadyrov was due to meet with the Saudi king on August 14. He is also planning to visit Mecca and perform the "umra" or little pilgrimage.
Chechnya's chief mufti, Sultan-hadji Mirzayev, is accompanying Kadyrov on the visit.
The Chechnya Conflict
The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)
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