Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov (born 5 October 1976) is the Head of the Chechen Republic and a former member of the Chechen independence movement.
He is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May 2004. In February 2007, Kadyrov replaced Alu Alkhanov as President, shortly after he had turned 30, which is the minimum age for the post. He was engaged in violent power struggles with Chechen government warlords Sulim Yamadayev and Said-Magomed Kakiev for overall military authority, and with Alu Alkhanov for political authority.

According to a 2016 report by Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin, Kadyrov collected enormous wealth, primarily through theft of federal subsidies for Chechnya. Between 2001 and 2014 Chechnya has received over 464 billion roubles in subsidies, grants and donations with federal subsidies accounting for 80% of the republic's budget (and this does not include funds allocated for infrastructure managed at federal level such as roads). However, the administration of Chechnya is being criticized for spending public funds for their personal benefit — in 2010 Dmitry Medvedev noted that "federal funds often do not reach people; we know where they disappear; it is obvious-they are being stolen". For example, the fleet of official vehicles in Chechnya accounts for half of all official vehicles in all Northern Caucasus republics. Public funds are being funnelled through Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation, which — while being registered as a charity — has never produced or published any financial reports as required by Russian law. These violations are ignored by Russian Ministry of Justice, which in many cases has enforced them very strictly against other charities. The foundation operates a building company that services most of the publicly procured infrastructure projects in the republic and also collects a fee from all working citizens of Chechnya, ranging from 10 to 30% of their earnings, raising 3–4 billion roubles per year this way. Kadyrov himself declares annual income of 4.84 million roubles (2015), which is inconsistent with his lavish life-style, luxury vehicles, watches, race horses and mansions.

Kadyrov has been personally implicated in several instances of torture and murder. A number of Chechens opposed to Kadyrov have been assassinated abroad, and several witnesses (including Artur Kurmakaev and Ruslan Khalidov) report the existence of a 300 name "Murder List". Chechens who have been murdered, where Kadyrov's involvement is suspected, include Movladi Baisarov and Ruslan Yamadaev (both Moscow); Sulim Yamadaev (Dubai); Gazhi Edilsutanov, Islam Dzahnibekov, Ali Osaev (Istanbul); and Umar Israilov (Vienna).

Ramzan Kadyrov is eager to become billionaires


Ramzan Kadyrov's income for the year increased almost 20 times and amounted to almost 148 million rubles. His wife's income increased by nearly 4000%.

Ramzan Kadyrov's apartment for 50 million was littered in Moscow


The Kadyrov’s family apartment in Moscow was discovered in which at the beginning of the 2000s the head of Chechnya was registered. It is not indicated in the declaration.

Companies connected with Ramzan Kadyrov do not pay to the budget


Municipal authorities cannot recover 23 million enterprises connected with the head of Chechnya.

Vladimir Putin gave Ramzan Kadyrov a piece of Igor Sechin


OAO Chechenneftekhimprom was transferred to the Chechen Republic by a decision of the President of the Russian Federation. Previously, this company was managed by Rosneft.

Igor Altushkin was left without money for Tominsky GOK


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Rebellion on the knees: Khakassia asks for financial assistance


The autonomous republic asks to support it with 28 billion rubles.

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The globetrotting family of Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov

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Russian officials' swag life


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Nemtsov's murderer was convicted for 20 years


A verdict was pronounced to Zaur Dadaev and his accomplices.

Nemtsov case: the paymaster's trail has been stamped out


The murder is not solved, and will never be solved. The Chechen security forces, de facto licensed to shoot opposition politicians, are ptetty much sure of it. 

King of the hill


Is Ramzan Kadyrov losing his position? 

Kadyrov: "you can not prohibit a beautiful life"


In addition to minor children-millionaires, Ramzan Kadyrov has relatives who are owners of luxury real estate. Where did they get the money?

Media told about Ramzan Kadyrov's business jet worth $80 million


Ramzan Kadyrov flies on one of the most luxurious aircraft in the world, whose value reaches $80 million, according to the TV channel "Dozhd". The head of Chechnya didn't confirm it; his official income over the last several years varies between 4 million and 6 million rubles a year.

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Mikhail Kasyanov was attacked in a Moscow restaurant


Unknown persons threw a cake to the politician.

Millions on arms: what's the cost of Russian businessmen and politicians' watches


RBC studied the watches of Russian politicians and heads of state-owned companies. The most expensive ones belong to Ramzan Kadyrov. Vladimir Yakunin owns luxury watches and gives them to the others: his gift could be found on Sergey Naryshkin's arm.

Necessary for the Kremlin: how Ramzan Kadyrov became a successful federal politician


In the current scenario, the Chechen leader is typical and even necessary for the Russian political system. Its relevance in the Kremlin will remain and may even increase as the overall situation in the country deteriorates. 

Ukrainian games of Ramzan Kadyrov


Release of Russian journalists mediated by Ramzan Kadyrov, as well as the reports of the involvement of Chechen fighters in the Ukrainian conflict to support the pro-Russian rebels leaves no doubt that the Chechen leader not only claims a special role pf the proud North Caucasian republic in Russia, but also seeks to have an independent role on the international arena.