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Kadyrov Names Choice For Chechen Prime Minister

Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo) (epa) March 8, 2007 -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says he will nominate Odes Baisultanov for prime minister.

Kadyrov told reporters at Grozny Airport today that he plans to submit Baisultanov's name to parliament for approval "in the near future."

Baisultanov currently is the first deputy prime minister of Chechnya.

Kadyrov, who previously served as Chechnya's prime minister, was
approved as president on March 2.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

The Rise Of Ramzan Kadyrov

The Rise Of Ramzan Kadyrov
Kadyrov dances at the reopening of Grozny Airport

Ever since his father, pro-Kremlin Chechen President Akhmed-Hadji Kadyrov was killed in a May 2004 bomb blast in Grozny, Ramzan Kadyrov has risen to prominence.

In March 2006, First Deputy Prime Minister Kadyrov, who heads a personal army of 10,000 heavily armed fighters, was named prime minister. His reign as premier has been characterized by divisions in the Chechen leadership and accusations of torture. But he has also been credited with improving living standards in the republic.

In October, he turned 30, clearing the way for running for president.


The fighting in Chechnya has raged, with short breaks, since 1994. It has brought misery, death, and destruction to the North Caucasus republic and to Russia as a whole. View an annotated timeline of the conflict.