The Russian city of Saint Petersburg is built on water. More than 340 bridges cross its canals, and many are named after distinguished people. Now, the controversial Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov is about to join the list.
Ramzan Kadyrov, who has led Russia's Chechnya republic since 2007, has said it is his "dream" to step down, citing his heavy responsibilities. But the Kremlin seems unenthusiastic about the idea.
Masked men broke in and set fire to the offices of the prominent rights group Memorial in Russia, the activists said. The arson attack comes a week after police detained Memorial's chief activist in Chechnya.
A new bridge in St. Petersburg is to bear the name of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov. Yet many citizens are against the idea. Kadyrov's controversial past is causing much irritation.
The District of Columbia Council is considering a law that would change the name of the block in front of the Russian Embassy in remembrance of the former Russian dissident. The Kremlin is not amused.
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