Ramzan Kadyrov said such a move would be "economically inexpedient."
Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said on September 4 the current name had a negative connotation and proposed renaming Chechnya the Republic of Nokhchiin.
Russian officials also dismissed the proposal.
The Chechnya Conflict
The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)