“Of course I have no right to just leave. People entrusted me with the leadership of the region. And it is my sacred duty to fulfill this trust. (…) I can leave only if I ask the people and the president of Russia. We will leave the talks about an indefinite leave for another time,” Kadyrov wrote.
On Saturday, Kadyrov wrote in the Telegram app that he deserved an “indefinite break” from his post. “I think the time has come for me to step down from power,” Kadyrov said in the video.
I need to take a break, surprised Chechen leader Kadyrov
Ivan Klyszcz, an expert on the Caucasus from the Institute of Political Studies in Estonia, was skeptical about Kadyrov’s departure from the political scene. “He has said similar things in the past,” Klyszcz said, continuing, “Such statements usually come when he wants something from Russian President Vladimir Putin, even the smallest expression of support.”
That’s what the head of Chechnya got. The Interfax agency wrote that the spokesman of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, stated that the Kremlin expects that Kadyrov will remain at the head of Chechnya. And Kadyrov, considering the length of his stay in office, responded: “Now I have decided to break the current record. We’ll see, maybe I’ll beat him,” he wrote on Telegram on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old Kadyrov has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since 2007. The Chechen leader is one of the most powerful people in the Russian Federation and has close relations with President Putin. The last time the two men met was on August 5 in Sochi.