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"Kadyrov second most powerful after Putin"

President Ramzan Kadyrov is likely to sit in power with Chechnya. In the long run, there are many indications that Chechnya and the North Caucasus will no longer be part of Russia.

Exposed to doubt and uncertainty. This is stated by Charles King, professor of international affairs at Georgetown University in Washington DC, on a visit to Oslo at the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute.
"For the 20 years, the standard narrative of the Caucasus has been that the region is turbulent, unstable, characterized by Muslim uprisings and represents a fundamental security problem for Russia. But that's a different situation now than it was, ”King claims.

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Kadyrov continues. Next to President Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov is now probably the most powerful and influential person in the Russian Federation, claims King, who does not believe there is any organized crackdown on his authoritarian and brutal regime. And if Kadyrov had felt weak, he would have done more to improve relations with Putin and Russia, King believes. "I'm optimistic about Kadyrov's ability to stay in power," he says, continuing: "It may not be the correct choice of words when it comes to a deeply authoritarian regime, but you know what I mean."
The young, self-proclaimed President Ramzan Kadyrov has shown this spring the opposite of weakness.
"He is more important to Putin than he was just two or three years ago to ensure peace in the North Caucasus." . .

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