Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kadyrov’s possible appointment as “Caucasus Boss”

Posted by Info on 29/11/2009

Russian media and Chechen society believe that President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov will be appointed to the news post of high official in charge of the situation in the whole Northern Caucasus.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said, when addressing the Federal Assembly on November 12, about the need to introduce a federal-level official in charge of the republics of the Northern Caucasus.

In the opinion of local observers, the facts in support of Kadyrov’s appointment are the awarding him the rank of militia general and transfer of the control over subdivisions of Combined Forces to the operative headquarters in Chechnya.

“The Kremlin’s idea to fix the new post of the official to be personally responsible for the North Caucasian region, while there’s President’s plenipotentiary for the SFD, is not quite clear. It looks somewhat as parallel bodies of power and management. Anyway, I believe Ramzan Kadyrov is candidate No. 1 to the post,” one of Chechen political scientists said to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent.

“Naturally, appointment, say, of Kadyrov to be ‘primus inter pares’ won’t please other leaders. But it doesn’t at all means that they won’t obey,” the source of the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent was convinced.

“With account of unpredictability of Russian authorities, we can’t exclude that they just want to remove Kadyrov from Chechnya, deprive him of force support and then – dismiss completely. The fact that Ramzan Kadyrov was Putin’s favourite is no evidence that Medvedev also likes him,” said the source.

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