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Samuel Paty’s murderer buried in Chechnya

Accounts on Telegram messaging had earlier posted videos of the funeral, showing a relatively large crowd singing in Chechen and accompanying the 18-year-old’s coffin under snowfall.

LThe assassin of French professor Samuel Paty, killed in October for showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students, was buried Sunday in Chechnya, the Russian republic he came from, Russian media reported.

According to the site specializing in the Caucasus Kavkazski Ouzel, Abdullakh Anzorov was buried in Chalaji, a village located about forty kilometers southwest of the Chechen capital Grozny.

Access to the village was blocked by the authorities during the burial, the site said.

Accounts on Telegram messaging had earlier posted videos of the funeral, showing a relatively large crowd singing in Chechen and accompanying the 18-year-old’s coffin under snowfall.

According to Baza, a well-followed Telegram channel which broadcast one of the videos, around 200 people – relatives and friends of the Anzorov family – attended the funeral and more than 60 police officers were deployed in the village.

The official Chechen media did not speak either of the repatriation of the body or of the burial, according to Kavkazski Ouzel.

Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old French teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in the Paris region, was beheaded on October 16 by Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen Russian origin, for showing caricatures of Muhammad during two course in early October on freedom of expression.

The assailant claimed responsibility for his action in an audio message in Russian in which he said he had “avenged the prophet” Muhammad, accusing the professor of having “shown it in an insulting manner”. He was shot dead shortly after by the police.

The leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, had condemned this attack, but also violently criticized the defense by French President Emmanuel Macron of caricatures of Muhammad, believing that he was pushing Muslims “towards terrorism”.

When the cartoons were published in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo in 2015, several hundred thousand demonstrators protested in Grozny.

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