The pro-Moscow dictator of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has suggested that Russia would recognise Chechen independence according to the model of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, said Zhaloudi Saralyapov, chairman of the parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI).
Russia fought a brief war with Georgia in August 2008 for control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, previously autonomous regions of Georgia. The war left both territories under effective Russian occupation, with thousands of Russian troops deployed there.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 1991. Russia recognised both states after the war with Georgia, but the final status of the two republics remains undecided. Most residents of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia have held Russian citizenship for several years.
Zhaloudi Saralyapov said Kadyrov’s representatives had made the suggestion regarding the “Abkhaz model” in talks with the self-appointed prime minister of ChRI, Akhmed Zakayev, WaYNaKH Online reported. In a statement published on Daymohk.info, Saralyapov dismissed Zakayev’s exile government, accusing Zakayev of trying to recognise Kadyrov’s regime.
The Government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI), headed by its chairman Akhmed Zakayev, has recently conducted so-called consultations with the chairman of the puppet parliament of the Chechen Republic, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov.
At a joint session of the Parliament and the Government of the ChRI, Zakayev informed that the representatives of Ramzan Kadyrov had approached him with an initiative to unite around the idea that the independence of the ChRI would be recognised by Russia according to the Abkhazian and South Ossetian model.
This initiative was supported by the participants of the session, who consented that Zakayev should conduct consultations about this question. He did not have other mandates from the ChRI Parliament.
However, Zakayev transgressed his mandate and recognised the legitimacy of the Kremlin’s puppet regime, and thus violated Article 1 of the Constitution of the ChRI.
Based on the foregoing and according to Article 62 of the Constitution of the ChRI, the Parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria has decided:
1. to dismiss Akhmed Zakayev and the entire Cabinet of Ministers led by Akhmed Zakayev;
2. to announce the new composition of the Cabinet of Ministers and its head at a later time.
The decree comes into force at the moment of its publishing.
Chairman of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria