Ramzan Kadyrov. Photo: REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

09 February 2019, 08:25

Detention of Kadyrov's assistant reminds about Kremlin's lenient attitude to his people

The Kremlin closes its eyes to the events involving people from Ramzan Kadyrov's retinue; therefore, the incident with Murad Saidov in the Crimea will not affect the relationships of Russian top leaders to the head of Chechnya, political analysts believe.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Murad Saidov, an assistant to Kadyrov's permanent representative in the Crimea, was detained on February 6 in the Crimean town of Saki; and his firearms were seized from him. Kadyrov stated that Saidov had legal permits to own the firearms, and he was the permanent representative's assistant "on the voluntary basis." In his turn, Djambulat Umarov, a Chechen Minister, said that Saidov "has nothing to do with the Chechen government."

Mikhail Roschin, an Orientalist, is sure that the incident in the Crimea will not affect Kadyrov in any way; he reminds that people from Kadyrov's encirclement had more than once fallen into resonant incidents.

Kadyrov, who does not always stand up for his people, himself commented on the incident. According to Mr Roschin, in Saidov's case, the special status of the Crimea has played its role.

Alexei Makarkin, a political analyst, has noted that so far, none of the high-profile incidents involving Kadyrov's entourage had caused any serious consequences for the Chechen leader.

For the Kremlin, the detention of Saidov is a routine event, Alexei Malashenko, a political analyst, is sure. He suggested that the Chechnya's permanent representative in the Crimea may be unofficially "chided", but no more.

Adam Delimkhanov, a State Duma MP, said that "the conflict was exclusively domestic and had to do with the business of two Chechens," the "ChechnyaToday" reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 8, 2019 at 10:28 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

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