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Chechen leader to dedicate himself to home and family if and when out of office

March 02, 13:28 UTC+3 GROZNY GROZNY March, 2. /TASS
Ramzan Kadyrov’s current term of office expires in March
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Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov

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GROZNY, March 2. /TASS/. Chechnya’s head Ramzan Kadyrov has declared that he will dedicate himself to rearing his children and to doing domestic chores, if he fails to retain his post.

"If the leadership of the Chechen Republic undergoes change, I will dedicate myself to the family and home affairs. I will be rearing and educating my children. I have nine of them. Too bad I cannot see them often enough, however hard I may try. That’s not normal. Boys must spend at least an hour a day in the company of their father," Kadyrov’s press-service quotes him as saying.

Kadyrov’s current term of office expires in March.

He said that regardless of his future status he would be prepared to obey any order he would receive from the Russian president.

"Should he tell me I should stay in office further on, I will not discuss that. If a different decision is made, it will be obeyed unconditionally, too. Whenever I say that I am Putin’s soldier, I really mean it. It is a firm stance of mine. This does not mean that I remain loyal to President Vladimir Putin regardless of whether I am in office or I am not," Kadyrov said.

Interviewed on the NTV news channel on February 27 Kadyrov said that time was ripe for him to leave the post of the region’s head.

"I believe that the country’s leadership should find another man to ensure neither yours truly nor my name should be used against my people. My time is over. There is a certain limit for every human being. Kadyrov’s career is at its peak, I believe," Kadyrov stated.

Presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov earlier said that the Kremlin would rely first and foremost not on Ramzan Kadyrov’s own statements, but on the impartial evaluation of his work by various organizations and the presidential staff.

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