News of the Day: 17 July 2021

RFE/RL: Rights groups describe Kadyrov’s 14-year tenure as ruthless and oppressivepetty and vindictive, and serially abusive of women and minorities. But that hasn’t deterred a local youth group in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina from adopting Kadyrov as the face of a summertime Chechnya Fest music festival that they say actually has nothing to do with Chechnya or its strongman. They’re using images of Kadyrov, in full military dress, in promotional materials on- and off-line to attract visitors to the festival in Bileca, in the Serb-dominated part of the country, on July 22.

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