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Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but now he is openly defying the Kremlin by taking sides with the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar
 
There was an unusual protest this past weekend in Moscow, when several hundred men from Russia’s Caucasus region and various former-Soviet Muslim republics demonstrated outside the embassy of Myanmar.
 
Chanting “Allahu akbar!” and “Buddhists are terrorists,” they denounced what they called Myanmar’s genocidal treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority - even offering themselves as volunteers to wage “jihad” on behalf of the tens of thousands now affected by the crisis. It was also an explicit challenge to the Kremlin, which has tried to block any outside intervention.
 
The protesters had no permit either. Yet, as several opposition activists - used to rough treatment for far lesser infringements - noted bitterly, no one was detained. The police were even quite friendly.
 
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Alexey Kovalev is a Moscow-based journalist. @Alexey__Kovalev

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