Russian leadership should find another leader for Chechnya - Kadyrov

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said that the time has come for him to step down

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said that the time has come for him to step down.

"At present, to prevent them using me, my name against my people, I think the leadership of our state should find someone else (...) My time has come. Everyone has their limits," Kadyrov told the NTV channel on Feb. 27.

"Honestly, I have been doing some business and I have been successful. Well, I was. Until today," Kadyrov said.

When asked about his possible successors, the Chechen leader said: "We have very many successors in our team. There are very good specialists."

He also dismissed a conjecture that he might be transferred to Moscow to work as a government minister. "I don't belong there. Being a minister - I don't understand that," Kadyrov said.

He said he is going to pursue his personal interests in future. "Family, private life, studying Islam - this is where I rather see myself. Should it become necessary to take a spade, a gun, a backpack - I am always ready," Kadyrov said.

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