Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov talks with press in the Chechen regional capital, Grozny, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
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One of Russian leader Vladimir Putin's most high-profile allies has accused the opposition of trying to exploit the economic crisis to destabilize the country, using Stalin-era rhetoric to suggest unnamed individuals be put on trial for sabotage.Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, called the liberal opposition, which has only one lawmaker in the 450-seat parliament, enemies of the people, a phrase recalling language used during the reign of terror unleashed by Soviet leader Josef Stalin in the 1930s.Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya since 2007 and Putin's most high-profile ally in the mostly Muslim North Caucasus area of southern Russia, did not name the opposition figures he thought should be put on trial.
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