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Republic of Chechnya, Russia, 03/2013. President Akhmad Kadyrov's former office. Before Putin launched the second post-Soviet Chechen Campaigns, Kadyrov was a respected Muslim leader in Chechnya. Dzhokhar Dudayev, the Chechen chief who led the war against Boris Yeltsin's Russia in 1994-1996, had named him supreme Mufti of Chechnya. Kadyrov called for a Holy war against Russia, he led a division of guerrilla-men in the war, and took part in the 1996 negotiations that led to a humiliating Russian retreat. By 1999, however, Kadyrov turned his back to the fundamentalists, and struck a bargain with the Kremlin. "Freedom is something the ordinary man does not need," Kadyrov told the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Grozny.