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Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov to stabilize Chechnya after two separatist wars, turning a blind eye to what critics describe as rampant human rights violations in the North Caucasus region. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

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FILE In this August 7, 2013 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Kadyrov, whose five-year stint as Chechnya’s regional leader expires in April 2016, has recently issued a stream of threats against Russia’s liberal opposition, which observers see as part of his efforts to secure President Vladimir Putin’s support. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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FILE- In this Saturday, April 12, 2014 file photo Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks at a news conference in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia. As the fighting increases in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader Kadyrov insisted Wednesday May 28, 2014, he had not sent any of his troops to help pro-Russia insurgents, but said some Chechens may have gone there on their own. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, FILE)

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Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's personal security officers inspect houses in Tsentoroi, Mr. Kadyrov's home village, shortly after a shootout between the security officers and suspected separatist insurgents in this image made from television on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. The sign in the bottom of the screen reads: "Video from Chechen President's Press Service." (AP Photo/NTV Russian Channel)