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Playing Billiards With Chechen Strongman Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov Plays Billiards
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RFE/RL's interview with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has sparked a good debate on our Russian site. (In English here.)

In the meantime, one of the correspondents conducting the interview, Gregory Feifer, is writing up the back story of the interview, conducted at 2 a.m. in Kadyrov's compound.

For a little taste of life at Chez Kadyrov, you can watch him playing billiards and having a thoroughly good time (video above).

For a more serious take, read Liz Fuller on Kadyrov's evolving political credo.

-- Luke Allnutt

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