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2011 - Five More Years

On August 12, 2010 Kadyrov appealed to the Chechen parliament with a request to rename his office: "Please make the change in the title of the highest official of the Republic. I assume that in one state should be only one president, but the subjects of the first persons may referred to by the heads of republics, heads of administrations, governors and so on. "

On March 5, 2011 members of the Chechen parliament voted unanimously for the reassertion of Ramzan Kadyrov as president of Chechnya for five years. In the elections to the State Duma of the sixth convocation on Dec. 4, 2011, Ramzan Kadyrov headed the Chechen republican list of "United Russia", later abandoning the mandate.

On August 4th, 2012, Ramzan Kadyrov made a criticism of the head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. Commenting on the special operation of Chechen militants in the Ingush village of Galashki, he praised the confrontation between the authorities of Ingushetia to terrorism in this country as insufficiently active, "If Yevkurov there tidying up, we put things, especially his special interest in that order and is not felt. Otherwise, how to explain the words Yevkurov that he does not call terrorists bandits? Ostensibly they are misguided young people. For us, they are bandits, terrorists, devils, enemies of Chechen and Ingush people, the enemies of Russia."

On August 26, 2012 Ramzan Kadyrov said that the leadership of the Chechen Republic intended to raise the issue at the federal level, the establishment of the administrative border with the Republic of Ingushetia "Mezhevaya line which we never performed and which has never interested in, day after day, month after month It moves into the Chechen Republic. " "Everyone knows that the Sunzha district, large areas are part of the Malgobek district of Chechnya."

In February 2013 the index of citing Ramzan Kadyrov, according to "Medialogia" amounted to 14.22, and it topped the rating of quoting bloggers governors. As noted by the study authors, this was promoted by the fact that Kadyrov started the account in Instagram, which posted more than 70 photos and personally commented on the recording of their readers. On February 25, 2013, Ramzan Kadyrov invited Gerard Depardieu in Grozny and handed him the keys to the five-room apartment. Earlier, the actor refused French citizenship in connection with plans to introduce in the country 75% of income tax and received Russian citizenship.

On April 9, 2014, Kadyrov was made a member of the presidium of the State Council of the Russian Federation.

On May 28, 2014 he denied that Chechen mercenaries were involved in the fighting on the south-eastern Ukraine. In connection with the events in Ukraine, Ramzan Kadyrov, was included in the sanctions lists the US, EU, Switzerland and Canada.

On July 19, 2014, Kadyrov on the social network "Instagram" presented photographs of the death of the leader of "Caucasus Emirate" Doku Umarov.

On December 5, 2014, Ramzan Kadyrov issued a statement following an attack the day before by Islamist insurgents in the capital city of Chechnya in which 14 law enforcement officers were killed and 36 wounded. Kadyrov declared that counterterrorist operations in the Chechnya Republic will become tougher, and relatives of the alleged terrorists will be held responsible for such persons’ actions. He said that even without a law to that effect, “in Chechnya, parents will be responsible for deeds of their sons and daughters. If an insurgent murders anyone in Chechnya, the insurgent’s family will be immediately exiled from Chechnya without the right to return, and their house will be demolished.”

Reportedly, during the three days after the issuance of Kadyrov’s statement, eight private houses in five villages across Chechnya were burned down by unidentified individuals. The houses belonged to people whose relatives are allegedly members of illegal military groups who supposedly participated in the December 4 attack. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin, when addressing the situation in Chechnya, stated in a recent interview that extrajudicial punishments are illegal in Russia, Kadyrov responded that the actions that had been taken against alleged terrorists’ relatives totally correspond with “the expectations of the Chechen people.”

Among the damaging allegations against Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and his entourage contained in The Family, a documentary recently released by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's NGO Open Russia, is the claim that all Chechens are required to contribute a percentage of their salary to the Akhmad Kadyrov Regional Public Fund, named after Kadyrov's late father. According to The Family, budget-sector employees in Chechnya are required to forfeit at least 10 percent of their monthly salary, employees of private companies up to one-third, and business owners up to 50 percent of their profits to the fund.

On 20-23 March 2015 was conducted a poll by the "Levada Center", according to which 55% of respondents said that Ramzan Kadyrov can be trusted (in a similar survey in 2006 the figure was 33%), 21% hold the opposite view (there were 36 %), another 24% of respondents were undecided (eg it was 32%).

Moscow's annexation of Crimea presented Kadyrov with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty, his usefulness, and his cynicism, by dispatching his security forces to fight on the side of the pro-Russian separatist forces and then disowning them as "volunteers" who had traveled to Ukraine without the knowledge or approval of the Chechen authorities. In late May 2015, the Financial Times quoted a Chechen fighter named Zelimkhan who said he and his comrades in arms had just been sent to Ukraine on Kadyrov's orders. More recently, Pavel Gubarev, former head of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," told a journalist that Kadyrov "provides us with a huge amount of help, both militarily and in other respects."

On January 11, 2016 Ramzan Kadyrov, the 39-year-old strongman who had held the post of president of Russia's Chechen Republic for nine years, rang in the new year by lashing out at Chechen immigrants who took to the streets in Vienna, Austria, on Christmas Eve to protest against his rule. Declaring in a New Year's Eve address that "it is our custom that a brother answers for a brother," Kadyrov said he had given the order to find out whether the protesters "have brothers and fathers, which clan they belong to, where they were born, and who they are." The Chechen ruler added, every available resource would be used to ensure that the relatives of the protesters "sort them out."

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