This list could easily be extended, and as Novy Region-2 journalist Kseniya Kirillova points out in summarizing this list, it is not clear that “the worse the economic crisis in Russia becomes, the ‘better and happier’ will be the lives of its citizens. Apparently,” she suggests, “there isn’t a lot of time to wait until the promised shootings.”
Beyond doubt, Kirillov is right to call attention to this trend, something many are reluctant to do. But three immediate points need to be made. First, Kadyrov must not be dismissed as some kind of new Zhirinovsky, whose words simply allow people to get things out of their systems. He is changing the system and promoting the Chechenization of Russia.
Second, every time such statements are made and are not immediately and actively denounced by Russians and by the West, it gets easier for Kadyrov and Putin to say and do even worse things. It would have been hard to imagine the gunsight picture appearing even on Kadyrov’s site a year ago; now, it is likely to become background noise.
And third – and this is the most important point – Putin bears responsibility for all of this. If Russia is heading in the wrong direction, it is not because it is facing opposition from the Kremlin. Rather, Putin is encouraging such things, desensitizing Russians to them, and could stop them if he wanted to.
He must be held accountable, as difficult and even dangerous as that task may be.
Staunton, VA, February 1, 2016 — Now that Ramzan Kadyrov’s flamboyant and threatening statements have again put Chechnya at the center of Russian media discussions, Russian Business Consulting (RBC.ru) offers a list of 20 developments in that North Caucasus republic that have taken place since he became its head in 2007.
A team of researchers from that news and analysis portal have investigated the situation and come up with what is virtually a checklist of the most important trends in Chechnya under Kadyrov not only for Chechens and Russians but for all those analyzing developments in the North Caucasus.
More Mosques Per Capita than Any Other Russian Region. There are 931 mosques in Chechnya, or about one for every 1,490 residents. In Dagestan, that figure is 1,908, and in Tatarstan 2,610. There are seven Russian Orthodox parishes, although five of them opened only in 2014.