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Ramzan Kadyrov, President of Chechnya, is widely and routinely described as a Chechen warlord. He was been implicated in murder, torture, extortion and corruption.
He owns Mourilyan, which came third in the Melbourne Cup 2009, winning him $420,000.
Kadyrov is believed to have amassed a huge fortune from extorting kickbacks from the illegal sale of Chechen oil. His ability to finance extensive involvement in horse racing is consistent with this.
Greens Senator Bob Brown said (Radio National, AM, Nov 4, 2009), that "...this is $420,000 from Australia going to a dictator with blood on his hands. It just shouldn't be happening."
Gabby, a blogger on 'Unleashed' has called for Kadyrov's assets to be frozen, pending an investigation to determine whether they are the proceeds of crime.
Kim Trail's investigations into Kadyrov's family: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2733036.htm
Article on Bob Brown's response: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/04/2732707.htm?section=justin
Background on Kadyrov
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major annual thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is for three-year-olds and over, and covers a distance of 3,200 metres.
It is generally regarded as the most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world. The event is held on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
This day was traditionally only a public holiday within metropolitan Melbourne, but is now also observed as a holiday in the ACT.
Petition Managed by the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Group