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Chechen leader to give lectures on Wahhabism after stepping down

© Mihail FomichevChechen leader to give lectures on Wahhabism after stepping down
Chechen leader to give lectures on Wahhabism after stepping down - Sputnik International
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The president of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya said in an interview that when he resigns from the presidential post he wants to give lectures on Wahhabism, extremism and war.

MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - The president of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya said in an interview that when he resigns from the presidential post he wants to give lectures on Wahhabism, extremism and war.

Ramzan Kadyrov, who has experience of extremism having fought against Russian troops in 1994-1996 together with his brothers and late father Akhmad Kadyrov, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily he will step down as Chechen leader in about five years, when life in the republic returns to normal.

Kadyrov later switched sides and was awarded a Hero of Russia title by then Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2004. The Chechen leader said he thought he would cope well with teaching.

"The problem of Wahhabism is a problem for the whole of Russia. To put an end to Wahhabis in the North Caucasus, we need to cooperate not only with Dagestan, Ingushetia and other 'local' republics. There are Wahhabis in Tatarstan, in Moscow, but they are keeping quiet," he said.

Wahhabism is considered an extremist and intolerant form of Islam.

The Chechen leader also said a website to give Muslims the opportunity to pose questions to religious leaders would be developed in the republic.

Chechnya, like neighboring North Caucasus republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, has seen an upsurge of militant violence of late, with frequent attacks on police.

The Kremlin officially ended its anti-terrorism operation in Chechnya in April. The republic saw two brutal separatist wars in the 1990s and early 2000s.

 

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