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Chechnya president lights up Olympic Flame cauldron in Grozny

January 28, 2014, 15:37 UTC+3 GROZNY

The Olympic Flame relay will stretch at 16.4 kilometers in the republic

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GROZNY, January 28. /ITAR-TASS/. President of Russian North Caucasian Republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov lit up a cauldron of the Olympic Flame at stadium Akhmat-Arena in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny. The Chechen president became the final Olympic torchbearer, taking the Olympic torch from famous blind-born Russian singer Diana Gurtskaya.

“Our first President Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov taught us that it is unneeded to live in dreams, but it is needed to make them come true. Thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin the Winter Olympics in Russia became reality. I believe that our great power will surprise the whole world with high level of staging and holding of the Sochi Olympics,” Kadyrov said at the festive ceremony lighting up the Olympic cauldron.

A concert of Chechen and Russian pop stars continues at stadium Akhmat-Arena. The festive event will end with a laser show.

The Olympic Flame relay will stretch at 16.4 kilometers in the republic. More than 70,000 Chechen residents have formed a live corridor, welcoming the Olympic Flame.

Three-time Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Buvaisar Saitiev, whom the International Amateur Wrestling Federation (FILA) named as the best freestyle wrestler in world history, was the first to carry the Olympic torch from Grozny airport. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, regional leadership and prominent athletes welcomed the Olympic Flame at Grozny airport, where the Olympic Flame was brought from Russian North Caucasian Republic of Karachai-Cherkessia.

Eighty-two torchbearers, including 77 torchbearers from Chechnya, participated in the Olympic relay in the republic.

The Olympic Flame will be brought to another Russian North Caucasian Republic of Ingushetia on Tuesday.

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