Yezhednevnyi Zhurnal: They're crossing out Ramzan Kadyrov
- http://www.ej.ru/comments/entry/89/ (my quick tr)
Feb 02, 2005
They're crossing out Ramzan Kadyrov
by Aleksandr Ryklin
At that very moment, when at the end of the last year president
Vladimir Putin in the solemn ceremony was giving to Ramzan Kadyrov the
highest Russia's award, the subordinates of the vice-premier of
Chechnya were dragging out from their houses and taking away in the
unknown direction the relatives of another president, Aslan Maskhadov.
However, this direction can be called "uknown" only conditionally -
there's no doubts whatsoever that if someone from the abducted members
of the family of the ex-head of Chechnya is still alive, then he
almost for sure is being kept in the ancestral village of the Kadyrovs
clan, - Tsentoroi. About this prison which was build there still at
the very beginning of Kadyrov-elder reign, the most ominous rumors can
be heard. (Interestingly, Vladimir Putin was brought there on a trip,
when he unexpectedly came to Tsentoroy on the birthday of the killed
[pasage omitted - details of Maskhadov's relatives abduction and
Russia's prosecutor and army's announcent to look into this case)
That the all people are fed up with Ramzan Kadyrov it's been known a
long time ago. He's hated by an overwhelming majority of the residents
of Chechnya, for whom, he's a tyrant under nobody's control. He's
hated by the Russian servicemen, with whom Ramzan had a lot of
conflicts. Starting from the fight for control over these or other
territories, and concluding with taking care of export of stolen oil.
He's hated by the members of Chechen government for this sole right to
keep his hand on the transfers [of money] from Moscow. Most likely
hates him the president of Chechnya, Allu Alkhanov, who knows very
well: untill Kadyrov is in power, its own presidency bears completely
a temporary character.
The authority of Ramzan Kadyrov sits exclusively on the bayonets of
several hundred desperate cutthroats and it cannot be stable like
that. Right now, for his dismissal it's the most suitable time - on
the eve of signing of agreement about delimination of powers between
Moscow and Grozny.
A growing campaign of this scale would serve as a signal for the
entire world community - we're ending with this [bespredel]
lawlessness in Chechnya. But in this entire story there's one
important circumstance, which hangs somewhere above of all arguments
in favor of the fast departure of this rather dark [gloomy] guy.
Namely - his friendship with president Vladimir Putin. If in the near
future becomes obvious that the campaign to get rid off Kadyrov from
Chechen politics speeds up, this will indicate only one thing - Putin
has betrayed him. And this in principle can happen - Ramzan Kadyrov is
not from Peter [St Petersburg] and he never served in the KGB.