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    VIOLATORS MUST BE PUNISHED, SAYS AHMAD KADYROV

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    ROSTOV-ON-DON, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - Those who made violations during the implementation of the federal target program to restore Chechnya's economy must be punished, Chechen Republic President Ahmad Kadyrov told journalists in Rostov-on-Don (regional center in the Southern federal district).

    Answering the question about violations revealed by the Audit Chamber in the republic, Mr. Kadyrov said: "If there are violations there, I will speak for imprisoning these people." Mr. Kadyrov spoke after a conference that discussed the implementation of the federal target program to restore Chechnya.

    Opening the conference, Vladimir Yakovlev, the president's plenipotentiary in the Southern federal district, mentioned a number of facts revealed during the checks made by the Russian Audit Chamber. In Mr. Yakovlev's words, Audit Chamber auditors revealed the fact of illegal use of federal funds worth 2,290 million rubles (over $80 million). Besides, cases of non-target use of monetary funds were revealed, the plenipotentiary said.

    Sergei Stepashin, the head of the Audit Chamber, said March 28 on NTV that after a recent check in Chechnya, the Audit Chamber has claims in regard to officials both in Grozny and in Moscow. "Some 40 officials are involved," Mr. Stepashin said.

    The Audit Chamber chairman said none of the 150 construction projects in Chechnya have been commissioned. Out of 47,000 families, only 2,000 were given apartments. In his opinion, it's not somebody's "evil will," but the result of a lack of proper control.

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