Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - november 2017
3 november 2017

Chechnya's Kadyrov calls to rebury Lenin: Commenting on a statement by Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov who has called to bury the body of Bolshevik leader Lenin, Putin's spokesman Peskov remarked that the issue of Lenin's burial "is not on the agenda of the Kremlin administration." In the '60 Minutes' talk show on Rossiya 1 TV channel, Communist Party leader Zyuganov opposed the idea and described Lenin and Stalin as the "greatest politicians." (Interfax, MK; Rossiya 1)  

Criminal case over persecution of gay man in Chechnya: Novaya Gazeta cites Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova, who said that in her view, there are grounds for opening a criminal case and providing state protection to Maxim Lapunov who was allegedly persecuted in Chechnya for being gay. (Novaya Gazeta)

8 november 2017

Communist Party leader declares Presidential bid: Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov on Tuesday announced that he plans to run in next year's Presidential elections in Russia. (ii) The media reports on a row between Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov and Zyuganov over calls for the burial of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. (Gazeta.ru, RG; Channel One)

Subsidies for Crimea, Sevastopol and Chechnya: The draft budget bill, which awaits a second Duma reading, envisages federal subsidies for balancing the budgets of Chechnya, Crimea and Sevastopol, whose own budget revenues are lower than their receipts from the federal center. These are the only subjects of the Russian Federation, which receive such types of subsidies. In 2018, Crimea should get 24% more budget-balancing subsidies than in 2017 (23.2bn roubles vs 18.7bn), Chechnya should get a little less (17.1bn roubles vs 17.3bn), and Sevastopol should also get a little less (5.4bn roubles vs 5.7bn). (RBK)

17 november 2017

Bill toughens criminal responsibility for recruiting terrorists: The Duma has passed a first reading of a draft bill toughening punishment for terrorist recruiters up to life sentences. Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov, meanwhile, suggested that terrorist recruiters "could be sentenced to death." (TASS)

20 november 2017

Suspect in Forbes Russia editor murder case detained in Ukraine: Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) said on Saturday that it had detained a suspect in the 2004 killings of Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov and the former deputy head of the Chechen government Yan Sergunin. Kommersant reports that the Ukrainian authorities did not disclose the name of the suspect. The newspaper recalls that native of Chechnya Kazbek Dukuzov had been put on a wanted list in connection with the killings of Klebnikov and Sergunin. (Kommersant)

22 november 2017

Probe of attack on law enforcement officers in Chechnya: Kommersant reports on an investigation of Sunday's attack on a post of Rosgvardia (Russian Guard) in the village of Roshni-Chu in Chechnya. Two militants have been killed in a clash. Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov did not rule out that the attackers had been recruited via social networks by emissaries of international terrorist groups. (Kommersant)

24 november 2017

Anti-terrorist operation in Tbilisi: The media reports that Akhmed Chatayev, suspected of involvement in a 2016 terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, could be among three militants of Chechen origin who had been killed during an anti-terrorist operation in Tbilisi. (Novaya Gazeta; Rossiya 1)

27 november 2017

Chechnya's Kadyrov says his 'dream' is to step aside: In an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel, Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov said that it's time to change the head of Chechnya and remarked that his "dream" is to leave his office. Turning to the case over the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, Kadyrov argued that the five men, who were convicted of involvement in Nemtsov's killing, were "innocent." (Interfax, TASS; Rossiya 1)

29 november 2017

Chechnya's Kadyrov involved in Montenegro coup plot?: According to Izvestia, Montenegro's prosecutors have mentioned the name of Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov in the indictment documents in the case over an alleged coup attempt in Montenegro. (Izvestia)

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