“My time is past”..Chechen strongman leader Kadyrov announces he is stepping down
“My time is past. Every human has a limit. I believe Kadyrov has passed his peak,” the Chechen leader said, referring to himself in the third person, in an interview on Saturday.
Kadyrov has been the president of Chechnya, a southern Russian republic with a turbulent and violent history, since 2007. Before that he served for two years as republic’s prime minister and held several other significant posts related to security and governance before that.
Speaking to NTV television, Kadyrov refused to speculate who could become president of Chechnya after him, saying his team had plenty of strong candidates. He said would not seek a position in the Russian federal government.
“Family, personal life, Islamic studies – that’s where I see myself. If there is a need for me to take in hands a shovel, an assault rifle or a backpack – I can do that,” he said, adding that he believes that he’s done his duty to his people.
After the interview, some Chechen public figures called for mass rallies to plead with Kadyrov to stay in power, but on Sunday he asked them not to do it.
“Of course, I am happy to see this public support,” Kadyrov said. “It proves once more that a man should dedicate his life to his people. That’s not what I voiced my opinion for,” he wrote on his Instagram account, which he often uses to convey messages online.
Kadyrov’s shock announcement came days after liberal opposition politician Ilya Yashin published a report, in which he called Kadyrov a threat to Russia’s national security. He accused the Chechen leader of separatism, saying he has a private army, imposes Sharia law in Chechnya in violation of Russian Russia and maintains a lavish lifestyle funded by embezzled money.
“My time is past. Every human has a limit. I believe Kadyrov has passed his peak,” the Chechen leader said, referring to himself in the third person, in an interview on Saturday.”
i dont know who will replace him or what he will get up to now..there seemed to be a fine line between his support of islam and his support of russia..