Ramzan Kadyrov, a onetime insurgent turned pro- Kremlin strongman, was approved as president of the Russian republic of Chechnya by the war-scarred province's parliament, Russian news agencies reported on March 2. Kadyrov's confirmation as president was accompanied by dancing on the streets of the regional capital, Grozny. About 1,000 people gathered at the intersection of Mayakovsky and Staropromyslovskaya streets, where Kadyrov, 30, danced with well-wishers, Interfax said. In secret voting, 56...

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