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Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov fights erring minister in the ring

The muscle-bound leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, boasted that he had challenged a minister to a sparring session to punish him for errors, posting photographs of their punch-up on his Instagram page.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 3:59am

Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov laments about burden of Instagram

Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has a difficult life. Not only is he the ruler of an impoverished country only now rebuilding itself after years of bitter civil war but he is also regularly forced to fend off accusations of rampant human rights abuses and runaway corruption.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:43am

Talk of a 'common enemy' is nonsense

'Whether you are in a Moscow subway or a London subway or a train in Madrid or an office building in New York, we face the same enemy,' said US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, responding to the twin suicide bombings on the Moscow metro system on Monday that killed 39 commuters.

1 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Dialogue the only option

More than 15 months after war was declared on terrorism, there is little indication we are closer to a secure future. Instead of eradicating the scourge, it seems a challenge has been laid down for terrorists to beat the odds.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

No Chechen truce

Moscow: Russia ruled out any truce with Chechnya's rebel fighters as urged by the West, and the FSB domestic security service said it had seized a senior aide of Chechnya's separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Tears for Grozny

My childhood memories of Grozny are of trams. Every 10 minutes a tram would rumble up the hill from town, clanging its bell as it approached our house on Pavel Musorov Street in Oktaybrsky District. I can still hear its wheels screeching and protesting as it laboured along the poplar-lined street from the junction.

15 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Blood and oil flow freely in Caucasus

In an age of neo-mercantilism dressed up as liberal free trade, the ebbs and flows of capital, wealth and good fortune have as much to do with geopolitics as with economic fundamentals.

Politicians drive economic agendas - especially developmental agendas. What drives these horrid little creatures has been - since before the days of Machiavelli and Bismark - geography.

19 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Message for Yeltsin

The Charter for European Security and the treaty to limit conventional forces in Europe signed in Istanbul yesterday by 30 countries including the United States and Russia are being hailed as landmarks. But they risk being overshadowed by the worsening of relations between Moscow and the West symbolised by Boris Yeltsin walking out of the proceedings on Thursday.

20 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Russian roulette

Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with Russia's war against Chechnya. Cynics allege the bomb attacks blamed on Chechen Muslims may, in fact, be the work of agents of Boris Yeltsin's regime anxious to stir up popular feeling and rally Russians behind their ailing President.

12 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Prosecutions will send powerful message

In recommending a land invasion of Yugoslavia and the legal prosecution of those responsible for ethnic cleansing and other war crimes, the Pentagon is, for once, advocating a humanitarian and civilised course of action.

1 May 1999 - 12:00am