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Putin makes surprise visit to Chechnya after rebel attacks

President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Chechnya yesterday, laying flowers at the grave of the region’s assassinated president, Akhmad Kadyrov, a week before an election to replace him. Mr Putin arrived at Mr Kadyrov’s home village of Tsentoroi early in the morning and placed red carnations at his grave, standing beside Mr Kadyrov’s son Ramzan and the Chechen Interior Minister Alu Alkhanov, the Kremlin’s favoured candidate in the election on 29 August. On Saturday, heavy fighting broke out in the Chechen capital Grozny. Authorities said rebels attacked a police station near a central square as well a police patrol and polling stations for next week’s vote.Full Story

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