Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is causing confusion: first he announced an unlimited holiday in a video. Now he rows back.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader and Putin supporter, clearly does not want to step down. Russian news agency TASS reported this information on Tuesday night. “I can leave only if the people and the president of Russia ask. That’s why we will leave talks on permanent leave for the future,” Tas quoted Kadyrov as saying.
According to Kadyrov, the record for the longest tenure as head of the region is 27 years. “Now I decided to break the current record. Let’s see if I can beat it.” He also spread this message on his Telegram channel.
Kadyrov: “My time has come”
In a video published by Telegram over the weekend, Putin’s “bloodhound,” as he is often called, announced a “long and indefinite” vacation. “Caucasians, Chechens, we have a saying. No matter how honored and long-awaited a guest is, if he leaves on time, it is more pleasant. My time has come before they throw me out,” reads a translation from the media site “Nexta TV”. “I realized that I have been in my position for a long time,” he said in a smiling video statement, according to Radio Free Europe.