There is no doubt that Chechnya, a Russian Federation republic in the Northern Caucasus, plays a key foreign policy role in the Kremlin’s strategy towards the Levant and the rest of the Near East. The alliance, if you will, between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has evolved over the past few years into a net positive. Kadyrov rules Chechnya with Kremlin backing. Consequently, Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, plays an important role in connections with Islamic countries on behalf of Moscow.
Chechen intervention in Syria?
Although Putin tries to keep Kadyrov on a leash, the Chechen leader is firmly cementing himself in to the Russian body politiqueTheodore Karasik