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How Chechen strongman became Putin’s bridge to Muslim world

It was a curious cargo for a Russian military aircraft: No bombs, no munitions, no troops, only women and children. The aircraft landed in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s Chechnya region, last October. The passengers were relatives of radicalized Russian nationals fighting for Islamic State, held captive in Iraqi prisons after being abandoned on the territory […]