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Monday, February 15, 2016

Ramzan Kadyrov, Ruler Of Chechnya

Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks to journalists in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Dec. 28, 2015. Russian investigators are expected to indict five men with the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a brazen killing which sent shockwaves among the opposition earlier this year. Nemtsov, a top opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot late at night on Feb. 27 as he was walking just outside the Kremlin. Five Chechen men have been arrested on charges of involvement in the killing, but it has remained unclear who ordered the attack. The key suspect in Nemtsov's killing was a senior officer in the security forces of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov while the organizer named by the investigators was a personal driver of senior commander and Kadyrov ally Ruslan Geremeyev. (Musa Sadulaayev/AP)

Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks to journalists in Chechnya’s provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Dec. 28, 2015. (Musa Sadulaayev/AP)

Following two bloody wars between Russia and Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov was personally chosen by Vladimir Putin to run¬†Chechnya, keep the peace and to root out militant Islam and the separatist movement. New Yorker contributor Joshua Yaffa tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins who Kadyrov is and what how his leadership has changed Chechnya and influenced Russia.

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