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That center was built by a charitable foundation named after Kadyrov’s father. The organization is meant to help the needy — but its income is also used to fulfill Kadyrov’s whims. That includes mosques, lavish gifts, and a hippodrome that houses the Chechen leader's horses. 4/
Perhaps that helps explain why just the known properties belonging to Khazuyeva, as well as Kadyrov’s first wife, are worth more than twice the total salary he has declared since 2008. 5/…

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