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Kadyrov says he will not leave Chechnya governor position

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechnya, says he will not leave his position as he addressed his subscribers on Telegram.

He said he had found out several days ago that he had been in his position for 15 years, longer than any actual Russian governor. This is why he announced he “deserved a long rest until further notice”. Later Kadyrov found out that Yevgeny Savchenko was a Belgorod governor for 27 years straight, from 1993 to 2020. Now Kadyrov is planning on beating this record.

“Of course I cannot simply leave my position. My folk have entrusted me with control over this land. So, my sacred duty is to not let them down. If I wish to leave, I’ll have to ask my folk, as well as the President of Russia. So, let’s leave all these talks about an infinite leave for the future. I’m not even going to use my regular annual vacation leave this year,” he wrote on Telegram.

Kadyrov also said he had no job offers from Russia’s state agencies or ministries. The only position he would fancy in the future would be the mayor of Grozny, Chechnya’s capital.

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Kadyrov stated that he deserved “an indefinite and long leave of absence” last Saturday. A source close to the Russian presidential administration told Meduza that the country’s leadership is “currently discussing the possible transfer of Ramzan Kadyrov to a top-level position in the National Guard” while his closest ally and MP Adam Delimkhanov would be appointed head of Chechnya.

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