Chechen leader Kadyrov said an indefinite break was needed. Experts say they are putting pressure on Putin

Russian President of the Chechen Autonomous Republic Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on the Telegram social network that he deserved an “indefinite break” from his position, Radio Free Europe/Radio Freedom (RFE/RL) said in its reported on the website. Kadyrov’s announcement sparked debate as to whether he was actually considering resigning or simply trying to please the Kremlin.

Kadyrov, 45, has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since 2007.

The Chechen leader is one of Russia’s most powerful figures and has a close relationship with President Vladimir Putin. The two last met on August 5th in Sochi.

“I’m skeptical about it. (Kadyrov) has said similar things in the past,” said Ivan Kraisch, a Caucasus expert at the Estonian Institute of Political Science. “Such statements are usually made when he asks Putin for something, even if it’s just the slightest expression of support,” Kraischtu added.

Analysts say the timing announced during Europe’s biggest war since 1945 is somewhat unusual. has played an important role in promoting the war interests of

“If Kadyrov were to tell the truth and indeed resign voluntarily, it would be unprecedented. Due to the war in Ukraine, the message throughout the (Russian) system is now ‘somewhere on alert’. Do’,’ said Anton Barbasin, director of Lidl Russia, the analytics platform, writing on his Twitter account.

Chechnya’s Kadyrov regime has been repeatedly accused of widespread human rights abuses and of ordering the political assassinations of its opponents elsewhere in Europe.

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