President of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said on Saturday a website, which recently appeared on the Internet to promote his candidacy for the post of the Russian president, was a "provocation."
The website headlined Ramzan Kadyrov - Russian President in 2012 praises Kadyrov's achievements in improving the republic's economy and security and promotes him as an appropriate candidate in the Russian presidential elections due in 2012.
The website claims "no other politician is same popular in Russia" as Ramzan Kadyrov, that is why "the overwhelming majority of Russians want to see such political leader as the head of state."
Kadyrov strongly denied any links of his administration to the website.
"I am confident that the most inveterate enemies of the Chechen people are behind this," he said, adding he never intended to nominate himself to the state's top position, "neither in dreams, nor in reality."
The website welcomes its visitors to take part in a poll by answering the question on whether they would support Ramzan Kadyrov in the 2012 presidential elections.
"The rule of law and order have been restored in the republic with the support of the federal center, problems of reviving the economy and social sphere are being solved. But our enemies do not like this. They try to blacken the authorities of the Chechen republic and the region in whole," Kadyrov said, adding "they invent the most devious methods to carry out dirty provocations."
The website contains no information on its owner.
Kadyrov said he ordered his subordinates to investigate the case and reveal who had registered the website.
The Chechen president's press service said preliminary investigation data showed the .com domain zone website was registered in a Western country.
The republic of Chechnya, which saw two separatist wars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has been recently swept by a fresh wave of violence. Shootouts and attacks on troops, police and other officials have been reported daily. The neighboring, mainly Muslim, regions of Russia have also been plagued by instability.
Russia's presidential term was extended from four to six years after amendments proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev in November 2008 were approved by the country's parliament and signed into law in December that year.
GROZNY, January 23 (RIA Novosti)