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Hollywood Stars Help Chechen Leader Celebrate Birthday


Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (left) with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme during his 35th-birthday celebrations in Grozny.
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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (left) with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme during his 35th-birthday celebrations in Grozny.

Musician Vanessa-Mae performs.
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Musician Vanessa-Mae performs.

Kadyrov dances with singer Amina Akhmadova during his birthday celebrations.
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Kadyrov dances with singer Amina Akhmadova during his birthday celebrations.

Fireworks light up the night sky in Grozny.
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Fireworks light up the night sky in Grozny.

U.S. actress Hilary Swank attended Kadyrov's birthday bash.
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U.S. actress Hilary Swank attended Kadyrov's birthday bash.

Chechnya used the occasion of Kadyrov's birthday to open a giant business complex in the capital.
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Chechnya used the occasion of Kadyrov's birthday to open a giant business complex in the capital.

Kadyrov, seen speaking during his birthday celebrations, has come under heavy criticism from rights groups for alleged abuses, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement in abductions or torture.
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Kadyrov, seen speaking during his birthday celebrations, has come under heavy criticism from rights groups for alleged abuses, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement in abductions or torture.

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