Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov the military rank of Major General. Kadyrov himself announced this on his VKontakte page.
“Yesterday I had the honor to accept congratulations on the assignment of the military rank of Major General personally from the President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin. <... wp_automatic_readability="66.62820254186"> During a telephone conversation, the President himself read out the decree and congratulated me on this event, wished me further success. This is a high mark, which is very expensive, “Kadyrov wrote.
He added that “I am grateful to Vladimir Putin for conferring a new title, as well as for everything he does for the development of our great state.” “I have always said and I repeat once again that I am a loyal infantryman of our President, ready to carry out his order of the highest complexity on any continent. For this we have everything – will, determination, complete readiness, technology issues, weapons legally issued by federal structures, “Kadyrov explained (spelling preserved).
It also follows from his message that the head of Chechnya was transferred from the structure of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to serve in the Russian Guard.
Prior to that, Ramzan Kadyrov had the rank of Police Major General. This title was awarded to the head of Chechnya in 2009 by Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president. In addition, Kadyrov was awarded the country’s highest award – the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. Also, the head of the republic has the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, the Order of Courage, the Order of Honor, the RAS Medal for outstanding services in the field of oncology, the Order of Fidelity to Duty for his contribution to the prosperity of Crimea and other awards. Kadyrov is also an honorary academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS). At the same time, he himself admitted that he did not have any scientific merits, and that he received the honorary title for restoring peace and stability in Chechnya.
This week, the US State Department accused Kadyrov of human rights violations, including torture and murder, and blacklisted him, banning the head of Chechnya and his family from entering the United States. In response to the imposition of new sanctions, Kadyrov posted a photograph of him in the arms room with two machine guns in hand. “Pompeo, we’re accepting the fight! It’ll get more interesting!” – wrote the head of Chechnya.
Kadyrov also recorded a video message to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, in which he invited him to come to Chechnya to “talk.”
In the Kremlin, in the publication of a photo of Kadyrov with machine guns, “no problems” were seen, reports RBK. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the possession of firearms is strictly regulated by law. “If you own in accordance with the law, then there are no problems with this,” he said.
According to Kadyrov himself, it was a Rosguard weapon that “is stored in accordance with all the requirements of the instructions.” “I myself am a military man and therefore I periodically check how the personnel follow the rules for keeping weapons. If interest in this photograph remains, then it was captured exactly at the time of one of these checks. So do not worry and do not worry,” the head of Chechnya said …