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24 March 2017 19:40 (South Africa)

Chechen separatist leader arrested in Poland

Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev has been arrested in Poland, where he was due to attend a Chechen conference. Zakayev was arrested while he was on his way to a prosecutor's office, according to reports. The warrant for his arrest was issued by Russia through Interpol. Zakayev, who had been living in London since 2003 under political asylum, is considered a terrorist by Russia. Chechnya is currently ruled by Ramzan Kadyrov, a puppet of Moscow, after a vicious civil war in the 1990s and early 2000s. Zakayev is part of a group which continues to push for an independent and sovereign Chechnya.  Read more: BBC News

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