God’s Will? Huge skyscraper engulfed in flames in Chechnya, the Muslim-dominated area of Russia

Notice the mosque in front of the burning building, apparently unaffected. No comment.

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Global Post Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov sought to play down a massive fire that raged at a complex symbolizing the Muslim region’s recovery from war, , putting the incident down to God’s will.

The fire took place at a complex of seven skyscrapers in the centre of Grozny where the Kremlin fought two wars against Muslim separatists over the past 20 years. One of the seven skyscrapers in the complex, a 40-storey building, was consumed by huge flames Wednesday evening, and firefighters took seven hours to extinguish the fire.

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The increasingly devout Muslim Kadyrov has sought to draw positive publicity for Chechnya with projects like Grozny City despite continuing unrest in the Caucasus. He accused some people of writing “any kind of rubbish” on the Internet about the consequences of the fire. “Allah be their judge,” he commented.

A former insurgent who prefers sports suits to formal wear, Kadyrov took power in Chechnya after his father, Akhmat Kadyrov, was killed in a bomb attack as he attended a Victory Day concert in the volatile region in 2004.