Russia’s Chechnya imposes Islamic dress code

Reuters – Russia’s Chechnya imposes Islamic dress code

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – Female civil servants must wear Islamic headscarves or be fired, the maverick head of Russia’s Chechnya region said on Tuesday, an edict that may put him at odds with his secular masters in Moscow. Russian law separates the state from religion and gives both sexes equal rights. But Kadyrov, who this year made a pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, said Chechnya had different traditions. The Kremlin installed 30-year-old Ramzan Kadyrov as Chechnya’s president to crush a decade-old separatist insurgency, but some observers say he has turned the region into a private fiefdom where Russian laws are flouted.

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