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Chechnya Bomb Kills President, a Blow to Putin

A bomb exploded in a stadium in Chechnya’s capital on Sunday, killing the republic’s president and delivering a severe blow to President Vladimir V. Putin’s efforts to end the long, deadly conflict in the region. As many as 13 others were killed, two officials there said, while more than 50 were reported wounded, including the Russian military commander for the region. There was no immediate claim of responsiblity. Akhmad Kadyrov, a former rebel leader who was elected the republic’s president last fall in a vote widely considered fraudulent, was the political figure Mr. Putin entrusted to wind down nearly a decade of war in Chechnya. His death now plunges the Kremlin’s strategy into ominous uncertainty. The explosion, reportedly caused by a bomb planted inside a concrete pillar, occurred at 10:35 a.m. as Mr. Kadyrov and other Russian and Chechen leaders attended a parade and concert in Grozny commemorating the 59th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.Full Story

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