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Aidoneus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 02:17 PM
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Chechen presidential candidate spreads fear
Chechen presidential candidate spreads fear

Supporters of Russian-appointed Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov are intimidating residents to vote for the only candidate with a realistic chance of winning the 7 October presidential elections.

Residents in war-torn Chechnya say the Kadyrovtsy, the term describing supporters of the head of Groznys administration, have been terrorising the population in an effort to secure votes for their boss, a former mufti and rebel leader.

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Chechnyas supreme court removed businessman Malik Saidullayev from the running, reportedly not without pressure from Moscow according to press reports.

Saidullayev had accused Kadyrov supporters of using murder and kidnapping to intimidate his faction.

Last week Saidullayev said one of his campaigners was kidnapped and tortured by Kadyrovs supporters. His campaign headquarters in Moscow said a son of a campaigner was shot dead last week in Grozny.

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http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/GlobalNews/C...

Kadyrov, Russia's Chalabi.
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:26 PM
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1. Thank you
Once again for keeping us informed on Chechnya.

And yes, Kadyrov is Russia's Chalabi. The parallels are indeed many between Chechnya and Iraq. The US is at great peril to ignore this.

Lithos
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 09:36 AM
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2. There is a story today about how kidnapping
has become common in Baghdad. This reflects a complete
breakdown of order, as in Colombia, Chechnya, etc., the central
government is a figleaf for chaos. And these pricks are not
even embarassed by what they have done.
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