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Ramzan Kadyrov will formally take the helm of the troubled republic in southern Russia following an inauguration ceremony Thursday
Chechnya's President-designate Ramzan Kadyrov will formally take the helm of the troubled republic in southern Russia following an inauguration ceremony Thursday. The youngest of Russia's regional leaders, Kadyrov, 30, has been the de-facto leader of Chechnya since his father, then-President Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a terrorist attack three years ago. Since 2004, Kadyrov has climbed the career ladder, occupying the posts of first deputy prime minister, advisor to President Vladimir Putin's envoy to the southern region, premier, and acting president. The latter appointment in February was only possible once he turned 30 in October 2006. Kadyrov, who runs a private army accused by human rights groups of kidnapping and extortion, enjoys broad support among Chechens for efforts to bring stability to the republic torn by more than a decade of warfare between separatists and federal troops. After the legislature approved his nomination as president, Kadyrov pledged to continue his country's revival: "No miraculous action needs to be taken, we will simply continue our cause." He has presided over the formation of the Constitutional Court in Chechnya, the resumption of civil air flights, allocated funds for equipping remote mountainous areas with satellite equipment, rebuilding the capital and creating jobs. A former militant, Kadyrov has also vowed to end separatism, eliminate the remaining armed groups in the Caucasus republic, and avenge his father's death. The day before the inauguration, Chechen and federal troops killed Khairula, a warlord suspected of assassinating Akhmad Kadyrov at a sports stadium in May 2004. Chechnya's first deputy prime minister said Kadyrov had instigated the operation to catch Khairula, one of three main separatist leaders still at large, and ordered the operation to be carried out prior to his inauguration, Kommersant daily reported Thursday "The Chechen president drew up a plan for the operation and personally controlled the preparations for it," Adam Delimkhanov said. The operation against members of Khairula's group was continuing Thursday. "Intelligence data suggest the militant gang comprises about ten people," a security official in Chechnya said Thursday. "They managed to escape after Wednesday's fighting, when Khairula was killed." The active phase of the Kremlin-led antiterrorism campaign against Chechen separatists officially ended in 2001, but periodic bombings and clashes between gunmen and federal troops still disrupt Chechnya and nearby regions.
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