Putin backs Kadyrov to stay on as Chechen leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov at the Kremlin, on March 25, 2016Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday confirmed that Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov will continue as interim leader and backed him in elections despite mounting criticism of his rule. Putin said that “Chechnya has transformed” under Kadyrov, who took control of the region in 2007 and whose current term runs out on April 5.

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