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12 October 2011 / All photos: ANP /

The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has held a star-studded party in his capital Grozny - but denied it was anything to do with his 35th birthday.
Oscar-winning actor Hilary Swank and action star Jean-Claude van Damme have been criticised for attending the lavish party. Kadyrov is linked to a grim record of abuse. When stars get paid to turn up to party with him, it trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses.


Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov looks on during a ceremony to mark his 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia


A mosque and buildings of the business district are seen in central Grozny late on October 5, 2011. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 35 on Wednesday with congratulatory calls from Russia's ruling duo and Hollywood stars attending grandiose celebrations in the Caucasus republic


British singer/songwriter Seal performs during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya



A mosque and buildings of the business district are seen in central Grozny late on October 5, 2011. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 35 on Wednesday with congratulatory calls from Russia's ruling duo and Hollywood stars attending grandiose celebrations in the Caucasus republic


British musician Vanessa Mae performs during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya



Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (2-L), Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (C) and American actress Hilary Swank (R) look on during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia



American actress Hilary Swank speaks during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia,



Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme speaks during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia


Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov looks on during a ceremony to mark his 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia


Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (C) looks at Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (R) as they watch, with Hilary Swank (R), a performance in Grozny. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 35 today with congratulatory calls from Russia's ruling duo and Hollywood stars attending grandiose celebrations in the Caucasus republic.


Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (R) dances during a performance in Grozny. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 35 today with congratulatory calls from Russia's ruling duo and Hollywood stars attending grandiose celebrations in the Caucasus republic



Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (front L) shakes hands with Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (front R) during a ceremony to mark Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 35th birthday and the City Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia


Fireworks devoted to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov burn in central Grozny. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 35 on Wednesday with congratulatory calls from Russia's ruling duo and Hollywood stars attending grandiose celebrations in the Caucasus republic

Meanwhile everybody knows Kadyrov is Vladimir Putin's puppet who gets his orders from Moscow. Rubles can buy you anything, you see?

Speaking about Rubles. Former Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit - not so long ago one of Kadyrovs best (paid) friends - wasn't invited. Probably to busy buying luxury stuff in the PC Hooftstraat, Amsterdam.