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Theme park plan for Chechnya
Sergei Abramov
Sergei Abramov was reappointed prime minister on Thursday

Chechnya is to get its own version of Disneyland under plans announced by the war-battered republic's prime minister.

Sergei Abramov, who heads Chechnya's pro-Moscow government, said on Friday that the park would be built next year along with a range of cultural and entertainment facilities, including a new football stadium.

"We have now made a fundamental switch from the principle of reconstruction to the principle of development," Mr Abramov told a news conference on the rebuilding of the republic's shattered economy.

"Therefore, next year, we will launch not only a multifunctional sports centre for the Terek football club, but a Disneyland and a swimming/leisure complex," he said in remarks broadcast by the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Mr Abramov did not make clear whether he was referring to an official Disneyland, or a generic theme park.

He also refused to say where the sites would be built, but said the projects had already undergone feasibility studies.

Mr Abramov was confident the plans would find favour with war-weary Chechens.

"I think if we do succeed in achieving this objective next year, the people will, I hope, be pleased with the results," he said.

He added that there were plans to develop museums and a concert hall as well.

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