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In Daghestan, Traditional Dress To Please The New Boss

The acting head of the Russian republic of Daghestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, has urged government officials to wear traditional dress during public ceremonies. The suggestion echoes an early directive issued by Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of neighboring Chechnya, who also told government officials that national holidays call for national dress. Eager to cooperate with the acting president, who is due to be confirmed in September, many civil servants came to celebrate Daghestan's Constitution Day on July 26 wearing the traditional attire of their respective ethnic groups. Photos by RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service