The Moscow Times
Street in Grozny Named After Putin
07 October 2008
By Francesca Mereu / Staff Writer
Vladimir Putin's portrait dominated government offices during the
eight years of his presidency, and in a sign that his power is not
winding down, the influential prime minister has been honored with a
street named after him -- an initiative he coldly accepted, Putin's
spokesman said Monday.
In a ceremony marking 420 years of Russian and Chechen relations,
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday renamed Prospekt Pobedy,
the main street of Grozny, Prospekt Putina, or Putin's Avenue.
"As a Chechen and as a Muslim, I'm ready, if needed, to die for
Vladimir Putin," Kadyrov said during the ceremony, Interfax reported.
"Thanks to this man, we have reached this day when Chechnya is ruled
by peace and tranquility."
Vladimir Ustinov, presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District,
and State Duma deputies, as well as thousands of students and
Chechens, attended the event, Interfax reported.
"Terrorists from 60 countries came to Chechnya not to make it an
independent country, but to transform it into a springboard for
destroying Russia. They didn't succeed thanks to Putin's will and
resolve," Kadyrov said.
After a series explosions hit four apartment blocks in the cities of
Buinaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in September 1999, killing nearly 300
and injuring more than 550, then-Prime Minister Putin embarked on the
second Chechen war, which boosted his popularity and helped him win
the presidential election in 2000.
In March 2007, Putin nominated Kadyrov to the Chechen presidency.
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Putin could not stop regional
leaders from naming streets after him or people from hanging his
portrait on their walls, but the prime minister does not like this way
of showing affection for him.
"These are decision made by the regional leaders," Peskov said. "It is
their right [to make them]. They don't need to ask [Putin] for
Federal law holds that streets can be named after someone only 10
years after the person has died, but the law is often ignored. In
August, the Moscow street Bolshaya Kommunisticheskaya Ulitsa was
renamed Ulitsa Solzhenitsyna, to honor the memory of Nobel laureate
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died Aug. 3.
Duma deputies from the United Russia majority voted to lift the
10-year provision if a presidential decree is signed calling for
someone to be recognized, and President Dmitry Medvedev urged Moscow
to name a street after Solzhenitsyn in a decree issued three days later.
Moscow authorities previously violated the law by renaming a street
after slain Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, Ramzan Kadyrov's father.
"This is a sign of gratitude for what Putin has done in Chechnya,"
said Kadyrov's adviser, Timur Aliyev. "The situation is stable, and
the city is developing."
Political analyst Yury Korgunyuk said that by naming the main street
of Grozny after Putin, Kadyrov was emphasizing that he is Putin's ally
and that he would be loyal to him and not to Medvedev.
Before Medvedev assumed the presidency, Kadyrov had sworn loyalty to
Putin, but he never repeated it after the inauguration to avoid
challenging Medvedev, Korgunyuk said.
--- In email@example.com, "mariuslab2002" <mariuslab@...> wrote:
> Avenue named after Putin appears in Chechen capital
> 05/ 10/ 2008
> GROZNY, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - An avenue in the center of the
> Chechen capital was renamed Sunday in honor of Russian Prime Minister
> Vladimir Putin.
> Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chechnya's pro-Moscow leader Ramzan
> Kadyrov said he was sure that 99% of the Chechen population trusted
> Putin and the Russian leadership.
> "As a sign of the Chechen people's gratitude, the Victory Avenue will
> now be renamed after the national leader - Vladimir Putin. This is our
> tribute to the person who has done so much for our country and for all
> of us," Kadyrov said.
> Sunday's renaming of the avenue came to coincide with a local holiday
> marking 420 years of friendship between the Chechen and Russian peoples.
> Putin, who was prime minister under the late former president, Boris
> Yeltsin, ordered federal troops into the Chechen Republic in 1999,
> following a large-scale attack by Chechen militants in the neighboring
> Russian republic of Daghestan, and a series of bombing attacks in
> Moscow and other Russian cities allegedly launched from Chechnya.
> Putin's tough handling of the conflict in Chechnya earned him
> popularity throughout Russia. He was elected president in March 2000
> after Yeltsin had stepped down in late 1999.
> Although large-scale military operations are over in Chechnya, the
> republic and neighboring regions are still plagued by raids on federal
> troops and pro-Kremlin police and authorities.