He also encouraged Chechen men to take multiple wives even though that contradicts Russian law.
"I'm convinced, we need polygamy here," the Kremlin-backed Chechen leader said. "There's no law allowing that, but I tell everyone: if you have the desire and the means, take second wives."
It's a riddle why Kadyrov makes such statements. He doesn't need to flatter Putin, as the Russian prime minister probably needs him more than the other way around.
Kadyrov, however, is distrusted by many in Moscow.
As I noted before, Russia may be maintaining its significant military presence in Chechnya not just to manage the insurgency but to keep an eye on Kadyrov and his thousands of henchmen.
-- Aslan Doukaev