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Chechnya: Russian Politics in Reflection

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In recent weeks, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has become the focus of attention in Russia. From the barrage of threats against opposition members, to the spontaneous anti-Kadyrov social media campaign, to the staged pro-Kadyrov rally in Grozny, the events have generated headlines and left observers struggling for interpretation. The speakers reflected on these developments in the broader context of Russia’s political reality.



  • Alexandra Garmazhapova

    Journalist, Novaya Gazeta, St. Petersburg
  • Anton Ryzhov

    Starovoitova Fellow
    Lawyer, NGO
  • Denis Sokolov

    George F. Kennan Expert
    Senior Research Fellow, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); Research Director, Center for Social and Economic Research of Regions (RAMCOM)