Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has awarded the rank of navy main normal to the pinnacle of the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
“I took the announcement of this decision as I was supposed to: standing at attention. During the phone call, the President himself read the order and congratulated me with this event, wished me further success. It is a high praise that is worth a lot,” Kadyrov wrote on his weblog Thursday.
In 2009, then president Dmitry Medvedev awarded Kadyrov the rank of police main normal. He additionally acquired Russia’s highest award – the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.
Kadyrov added he was transferred from the inside ministry to the Russian National Guard: “I express my big gratitude to my dear brother, head of the [Federal Service of the National Guard Forces] Viktor Zolotov for his decision to transfer me from the Ministry of the Interior to the National Guard”, hesaid.
Kadyrov is a former Chechen militant who fought towards Russian forces within the first Chechen battle. He has dominated Chechnya since 2007. Rights teams have repeatedly accused him for a crackdown on LGBTI individuals, human rights defenders and the media. Chechen authorities have denied these accusations.
The United States had already imposed sanctions towards him and a few of his associates in Chechnya. On Monday, Washington slapped further sanctions on Kadyrov, his spouse and his two daughters “for numerous gross violations of human rights”, barring them from travelling to the US.