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Russia's man in reign of terror in Chechnya

The president of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov, elected with a suspiciously large majority last October amid claims of widespread fraud, takes a personal interest in security. Arbi, 27, a petrol station attendant, knows this well. He was battered and kicked in the groin by Ramzan, the president’s son and security chief. After three days of being beaten in the basement of a house in the village of Hosi Yurt, the son entered the cell Arbi shared with three others. “I had never seen Ramzan’s face before, apart from on television”, Arbi – whose details have been changed – told the Guardian. The prisoners stood in a line as Ramzan asked: “Do you know who I am?” Arbi answered respectfully that he did, but was then beaten. “Ramzan hit me in the head and kicked me in the groin. They beat me and broke my nose,” he said. Full Story

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