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Intensifying his attack on the Russian opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic has posted a video seeming to show former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in the crosshairs of a rifle

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MOSCOW — Intensifying his political attacks on Russia's opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic posted a video Monday that appears to show Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister who now heads an opposition party, in the crosshairs of a rifle's scope.

Kasyanov said in a statement that he considered the video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as a murder threat and he planned to appeal to Russian law-enforcement agencies. Kasyanov is chairman of the opposition People's Freedom Party, or Parnas. He had shared the post with Boris Nemtsov until Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin a year ago.

The suspects under arrest in Nemtsov's slaying are all Chechens, including the suspected triggerman, a former officer in Kadyrov's security forces. Kadyrov has not been officially linked to the killing and has denied any involvement.

The Chechen strongman ramped up his campaign against Russian opposition leaders last month by calling for them to be prosecuted as traitors and "enemies of the people" who are working to destroy Russia as paid agents of a hostile West.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2015 file photo Russian opposition figure, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Intensifying his political attacks on Russia's opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic posted a video Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that appears to show Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister who now heads an opposition party, in the crosshairs of a rifle's scope. Kasyanov said in a statement that he considered the video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as a murder threat and he planned to appeal to Russian law enforcement agencies. Kasyanov is chairman of the opposition People's Freedom Party, or Parnas. He had shared the post with Boris Nemtsov until Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin a year ago. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2015 file photo Russian opposition figure, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Intensifying his political attacks on Russia's opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic posted a video Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that appears to show Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister who now heads an opposition party, in the crosshairs of a rifle's scope. Kasyanov said in a statement that he considered the video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as a murder threat and he planned to appeal to Russian law enforcement agencies. Kasyanov is chairman of the opposition People's Freedom Party, or Parnas. He had shared the post with Boris Nemtsov until Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin a year ago. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

The video posted Monday on Instagram was accompanied by the caption: "Kasyanov came to Strasbourg to get money for the Russian opposition."

The French city of Strasbourg hosts both the European Union parliament and the Council of Europe, which Kasyanov visited in January. In the video, Kasyanov was accompanied by Vladimir Kara-Muza, Jr., a Russian opposition activist who fell gravely ill last year in what he maintains was a deliberate poisoning.

International human rights organizations have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government to respond to Kadyrov's statements and veiled threats against opposition figures.

Putin, who has depended on the Chechen leader to restore a semblance of stability to the predominantly Muslim republic after two separatist wars, showed his support for Kadyrov last week by thanking him for "working effectively."

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment Monday on the video, saying "we don't follow Kadyrov's Instagram."

"If Putin keeps silence ... that would mean he either doesn't want to fulfill his constitutional duties or can't do it when it comes to Kadyrov," Kasyanov said. "Citizens should know this, and I think we'll see it for ourselves very soon."

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PHOTO: FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2015 file photo Russian opposition figure, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Intensifying his political attacks on Russia's opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic posted a video Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that appears to show Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister who now heads an opposition party, in the crosshairs of a rifle's scope. Kasyanov said in a statement that he considered the video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as a murder threat and he planned to appeal to Russian law enforcement agencies. Kasyanov is chairman of the opposition People's Freedom Party, or Parnas. He had shared the post with Boris Nemtsov until Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin a year ago. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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