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Russia: Thousands rally in Grozny in support of Chechen leader Kadyrov01:34

Russia: Thousands rally in Grozny in support of Chechen leader Kadyrov

Russian Federation, Grozny
January 22, 2016 at 12:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of supporters of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov rallied outside the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque in central Grozny, Friday, in response to criticism from Russian opposition figures.

Rally participants waved Russian and Chechnyan flags and pictures of Kadyrov bearing slogans including "Kadyrov is a Russian patriot" and "Kadyrov is a worthy son of Russia."

Organisers claim the march, entitled "In Unity is Our Strength," was attended by up to 700,00 people, including leader of the Russian Night Wolves motorcycle group Alexander 'the Surgeon' Zaldostanov and march organiser chairman of Chechnya's Council of Trade Unions Husain Soltagereyev.

On Thursday thousands of students staged what they called a flashmob-rally, which was also in support of the Chechen leader. Both demonstrations were in response to a social-media post by Krasnoyarsk City Council Deputy Konstantin Sechenko entitled 'Kadyrov - shame of Russia,' which was posted in response to Kadyrov's comments criticising opposition activists.

Russia: Thousands rally in Grozny in support of Chechen leader Kadyrov01:34
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Thousands of supporters of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov rallied outside the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque in central Grozny, Friday, in response to criticism from Russian opposition figures.

Rally participants waved Russian and Chechnyan flags and pictures of Kadyrov bearing slogans including "Kadyrov is a Russian patriot" and "Kadyrov is a worthy son of Russia."

Organisers claim the march, entitled "In Unity is Our Strength," was attended by up to 700,00 people, including leader of the Russian Night Wolves motorcycle group Alexander 'the Surgeon' Zaldostanov and march organiser chairman of Chechnya's Council of Trade Unions Husain Soltagereyev.

On Thursday thousands of students staged what they called a flashmob-rally, which was also in support of the Chechen leader. Both demonstrations were in response to a social-media post by Krasnoyarsk City Council Deputy Konstantin Sechenko entitled 'Kadyrov - shame of Russia,' which was posted in response to Kadyrov's comments criticising opposition activists.

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