Sunday, June 16, 2019

Daghestani Takes to Internet to Protest Kadyrov Land Grab; Chechen Siloviki Move Up to Border

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 15 – A Daghestani has posted on the Internet a response to Ramzan Kadyrov’s threatening comments about those who oppose Chechnya’s claims or criticize the Chechen regime, denouncing the Grozny leader for behaving in a manner inconsistent with the traditions of the region and the requirements of Islam.

            In less than 48 hours, the post was viewed more by more than 720,000 people, with those who left comments overwhelmingly supporting the Daghestani and denouncing Kadyrov ( Kadyrov’s response is what one might expect: he has sent more siloviki up to the disputed border region (

            The Internet appeal, however, was overshadowed even in Daghestani by protests online and otherwise against obviously false charges of abetting terrorism which officials have lodged against Chernovik journalist Abdumumin Gadzhiyev. His colleagues and supporters have created a committee to support him (

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