Monday 22 May 2017
“The sanctions imposed on Russia were a response to our country conducting an independent foreign policy, as well as a kind of punishment for the people of Crimea fulfilling their legitimate right to self-determination and right to freedom of expression enshrined in the foundational international documents on human rights.”Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the sanctions imposed by more than 30 countries after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine were a response to Moscow’s “independent foreign policy” and "punishment" for Crimeans voting to join Russia in a 2014 referendum. Experts strongly disagree.
“The problem with terrorism had been resolved.”The Kremlin-appointed head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, bragged about his achievements in defeating terrorism during a televised address. That same night, federal authorities reported that six men carried out a suicide attack on a Russian military base in Chechnya. The Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the raid.
"We are not poor."Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, says the war-scarred region he rules in Russia’s restive North Caucasus region is “not poor.” But in terms of gross regional product it remains last among all of Russia’s regions -- excluding Ukrainian territory annexed by the Kremlin in 2014. And it lives largely off of federal subsidies from Moscow.