The Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya has announced an essay contest dedicated to Chechnya and its leader Ramzan Kadyrov entitled "The Hero of Our Time. The Leader and Patriot," the contest organizers said on Thursday.
"The authors should write about the outstanding personality of the Chechen people and the person who has made a huge contribution to the republic's revival and stability, about the leader of the Chechen youth, the Hero of Russia Ramzan Kadyrov," the announcement reads.
The first part of the contest's title refers to a novel by famous 18th-century Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov. The novel, which contains beautiful descriptions of nature in the Caucasus, analyzes the character of Pechorin, a typical Russian "superfluous man" from the eighteenth century, a Byronic hero, or anti-hero.
Students of Chechen universities' philology faculties are requested to submit their material for the contest, which was organized by the republic's government committee for youth affairs, by the end of March.
Kadyrov fought against federal troops during the first Chechen war in the mid-1990s, but sided with the Kremlin at the beginning of the second war in early 2000. The Chechen leader has been accused of large-scale human rights abuses in the republic. He denies the allegations.
In 2005, then-Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known for his harsh response to militants during the second Chechen war, issued a decree awarding then-Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Kadyrov the Hero of Russia award for "courage and heroism in the line of duty."
Although Russian authorities have announced that their large-scale anti-terrorist campaign in the republic is over, militant attacks on police and security officers are still common.
GROZNY, March 3 (RIA Novosti)