Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov (Ахмат Абдулхамидович Кадыров) (August 23, 1951 – May 9, 2004) also spelled Akhmat was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second Chechen War he switched sides, offering his service to the Russian government, and later became the President of the Chechen Republic from October 5, 2003, acting as head of administration since July 2000.
In May 2004 he was assassinated in Grozny by a bomb blast during a World War II memorial victory parade. His son, Ramzan Kadyrov, who led his father's militia, became one of his successors in March 2007 as the President of the Chechen Republic.
After the Russian forces seized control over Chechnya, in July 2000, Kadyrov was appointed acting Head of the Administration by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. On October 5, 2003 he was elected first President of Chechnya. In this position he remained mainly pro-Moscow. He also advocated numerous amnesty campaigns for former rebel fighters, who were allowed to join Chechen police and loyalist militia forces if they surrender. His chief personal bodyguard was Movladi Baisarov. Reportedly, there were at least a dozen assassination attempts against him before the final one.
Akhmad Kadyrov had four children, three sons and a daughter. As of 2008, only one son is still alive, Ramzan Kadyrov, who led his father's militia (the eldest son Zelimkhan Kadyrov died later in May 2004). Ramzan was later appointed as Prime Minister of Chechnya, and as President of Chechnya in March 2007. He soon organized the cult of personality regarding his father and himself.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gives an interview on the 60th anniversary of birth of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov.
Aug 23, 2011; aHajji Akhmad was very direct and honest and, most importantly, brave and courageous. Everything he did came from the heart and...
PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN GIVES AN INTERVIEW ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIRTH OF FORMER CHECHEN PRESIDENT AKHMAD KADYROV.
Aug 23, 2011; MOSCOW, Russia -- The following information was released by the Government of the Russian Federation: "Hajji Akhmad was very...