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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kadyrov's Nephew Fought for Rebels

Akhmad Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen administration, said Thursday that he knows personally the difficulties of trying to restore peaceful life to Chechnya and accused the federal troops of not making his job any easier.

Kadyrov said he was unable to persuade even his nephew to give up arms and he was killed on Aug. 16.

"Yes, my nephew ? the son of my cousin ? was killed in Alleroi," Kadyrov said at a news conference in Moscow. "He fought. We insisted he leave the rebels. He was 22, but he refused and he perished in a street shootout."

His nephew was killed during a 11-day sweep of Alleroi, where federal troops were hunting for separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov. Maskhadov managed to escape the village.

During the operation, more than 50 villagers were subjected to filtration and nine of them were killed, the Committee of Chechen Refugees, which is based in Ingushetia, said Wednesday in a statement.

Kadyrov, who was appointed by Moscow to help restore federal control over the republic, expressed his frustration with the military.

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"I wonder why it has taken so long, with the 80,000 or 90,000 troops they have and all their hardware, including satellites that can see everything from space," he said.

The troops should not be having so much trouble finding the rebel leaders, he said Wednesday.

"Ask any Chechen and he could show you the homes where the bandits live," Kadyrov was quoted by Interfax as saying.

"For a little cash they will take you to [Shamil] Basayev or Khattab. But the special services are not in a hurry to exterminate them."

Kadyrov said Thursday that he is supposed to tell his citizens that the federal troops are bringing law and order, but the troops undermine his authority by violating the law themselves.

"They surround whole villages and take anything they like and beat people ? people then turn against the troops, they go to [Ali] Barayev or Khattab," he said. "I think the troops must be withdrawn and an interior ministry must be created here to work on specific cases. If they have information, they should go at night, knock on the door and make the arrest."

One of Kadyrov's responsibilities is to bring refugees back to Chechnya from Ingushetia and Georgia, but he said he cannot guarantee them jobs or safety.

The refugee camps in Ingushetia were becoming "places of rest for the rebels," he said, and 20 fighters have been arrested there recently.

He complained that none of the 1.08 billion rubles ($37 million) included in the federal budget for restoring housing and the economy has been allocated.

Kadyrov said the situation in Chechnya is like the weather.

"Today the sun shines, tomorrow it is foggy and the day after tomorrow it rains. It is not even. Sometimes it looks good, then it can change completely. Soldiers perish, peaceful civilians are also killed. But there is still hope."