Coronavirus: Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov 'flown to Moscow hospital'

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

The news outlet "Baza" reported that Kadyrov was suspected of having contracted COVID-19 earlier today.

Russian health officials say one of the reasons the count is lower than in the United States and parts of western Europe is that only deaths directly caused by the virus are being included.

On Thursday, TASS quoted Akhmed Dudayev, head of Chechnya's ChTGRK state television channel, as saying Kadyrov was personally in charge of the region's efforts to control the new coronavirus outbreak.

A crucial ally of President Vladimir Putin, Kadyrov took power in Chechnya after his father Akhmat Kadyrov was killed in a 2004 bomb attack.

The source said Mr Kadyrov was in a stable condition. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. They include the Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who has since returned to work, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Interfax and RIA-Novosti cited unnamed medical officials on May 21 as saying that Kadyrov, 43, had been flown to a Moscow facility and was under medical supervision.

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Under Ramzan Kadyrov's rule there have been repeated allegations of abuse at the hands of his security forces, with claims of extrajudicial killings and illegal detentions.

He has taken a characteristically high-handed approach to the coronavirus, calling doctors who complained of a lack of protective equipment "provocateurs" who should be fired.

The southern republic has tightened its lockdown measures this weekend, banning all travel for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Russian Federation on Friday reported its highest ever daily coronavirus death toll of 150, even though the number of new infections fell below 9,000 for the third day in a row.

It is the second highest number of recorded infections worldwide. Critics imagine the demise toll is way larger than formally said. "He is now under medical observation", Tass said, citing "a source in medical circles". On Wednesday, the number of people discharged from hospital after recovery for the first time exceeded the number of new infections over the previous 24 hours.

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