As promised, opposition politician Ilya Yashin released his report on Kadyrov yesterday. His report is all open-source. There is enough evidence and documentation by different human rights organisations and the media to make this possible. In the report, Yashin accuses the Chechen leader of ordering the murders of his political opponents and human rights activists in Chechnya.
The nine chapters in Yashin’s report cover topics from Kadyrov’s authoritarian rule in Chechnya, to his lavish personal lifestyle and alleged corruption at the expense of the federal budget, his “personal army” of some 30,000 fighters, his purported ties to organized-crime figures, the high-profile murders of Kadyrov critics like politician Boris Nemtsov and journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and his alleged support for terrorists abroad.
What bothers me about Yashin’s overall message is that he is essentially saying that:
1. the Kremlin has completely lost control of the situation in Chechnya; and
2. all of the crimes Yashin mentions were committed solely at Kadyrov’s behest.
“My report’s key purpose is to attract Russian public attention to the ongoing situation and to demand Ramzan Kadyrov’s immediate resignation as leader of Chechnya,” Yashin said.
Yashin is separating the Kremlin and Kadyrov’s Chechnya and treating them as two separate entities. In doing so he is absolving the Kremlin (and therefore the Russian Regime) of any and all blame for the crimes committed by Kadyrov and his men. I do not think this is an accurate representation of the true situation.
Meanwhile, in what was most likely an attempt to distract attention from Yashin’s report, Kadyrov (whose term as head of Chechnya is due for renewal next month) stated that he felt his work was done and that he was ready to be of use elsewhere fighting Russia’s external enemies. I jokingly asked if that meant he was running away to fight in Syria. But in reality, Kadyrov sounded like a petulant child threatening to run away because he isn’t appreciated.
I do not believe that the Regime will remove Kadyrov in the near future. Too much time and effort and money has been invested in the Kadyrov Project for a change at the top to make sense at this point in time.