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Chechen leader Kadyrov ‘infected with coronavirus’

22 May 2020 11:57, Somoy English Desk
Chechen leader Kadyrov ‘infected with coronavirus’
Chechen leader Kadyrov ‘infected with coronavirus’

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been hospitalised in Moscow with a suspected coronavirus infection, Interfax reported on Thursday citing an anonymous source in Moscow's medical services.

Kadyrov, 43, was reportedly flown to the Russian capital on Wednesday, a few days after reporting flu-like symptoms, the Baza Telegram channel reported earlier Thursday. Chechen doctors recommended that Kadyrov seek treatment there after his “condition began deteriorating rapidly,” Baza said.

The Telegram channel cited medical data as saying that Kadyrov has been diagnosed with lung damage and a suspected Covid-19 infection.

"He is under doctors' supervision," Interfax cited its source as saying.

A well-known transport tracker said on Thursday that a private jet linked to Kadyrov arrived at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport from the Chechen capital of Grozny, reports the Moscow Times.

Kadyrov’s official page on Russian social network Vkontakte has posted several updates in the past 24 hours, including posts on his charitable donations and birthday greetings for Russia’s defense minister, but has not yet addressed his alleged infection. 

Kadyrov was last active on his Telegram account on Tuesday, while Instagram blocked his page last week. 

He has briefly transferred power twice — once in 2020 and once in 2019 — to undergo medical procedures. Other than a decree on law enforcement dated May 20, no similar orders ceding power to Kadyrov’s aides have appeared on the Chechen administration’s website.

Kadyrov has ruled Chechnya, which was devastated by two bloody separatist conflicts in the 1990s and early 2000s, with a strong hand since he was appointed its leader in 2007.

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