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Russia, Chechnya, and the Sovereign Kadyrov

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Moscow has effectively granted sovereignty over the Republic of Chechnya to its appointed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. Despite frequent claims in some media sources that Kadyrov’s days are numbered, and despite Kadyrov’s public confrontations with Alexander Khloponin, head of the new North Caucasus federal district, Moscow has no real levers left to use against him. [...]

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Professor; Chair of the Political Science Department
Barnard College, Columbia University