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Kadyrov Plays Road Cop

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov donned a traffic policeman's cap to personally inspect cars with banned tinted glass windows, local television reported.

An eight-minute video of the inspection, shot by Chechen television and aired in the republic, was posted online by blogger Andrei Malgin on Monday. The undated video shows Kadyrov wielding a loudspeaker and checking drivers' documents. He speaks mostly in Chechen.

Kadyrov holds the rank of a police general, though not of the traffic police.

Chechen authorities have been campaigning against tinted car windows since 2009, saying such vehicles are favored by Islamist insurgents.

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