Cult of the Kadyrovs – Chechen president’s hometown renamed in honour of father
The hometown of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov Tsentaroy (unofficial local name, Khosi-Yurt) has been renamed in honour of his father, President Akhmat Kadyrov, and will now be called Akhmat-Yurt.
The Caucasian Knot says Ramzan Kadyrov himself confirmed the fact the town had been renamed, noting that residents of the village made the decision themselves at a gathering on May 21.
Akhmat Kadyrov served as president of Chechnya – a republic in the North Caucasus within the Russian Federation – in 2003–2004. On May 9, 2004, he was killed in a terrorist attack.
Kadyrov justified the renaming of the town with historical reasons: the fact that the village was allegedly founded by the ancestors of the Kadyrovs.
“This is not a spontaneous action of the residents of Khosi-Yurt who, for no reason at all, took to the streets with the demand to rename the village Akhmat-Yurt. Yesterday, May 21, this topic was in the news. What Wass particularly impressive was that a column of simple villagers with flags depicting Akhmat Kadyrov was walking through the village, and a new name of the village had already been placed on the arch, although no one had officially renamed it yet”, an employee of Chechen non-governmental organization Abubakar said.
The name of Akhmat Kadyrov has been immortalized in Chechnya more than once – it is carried by the central squares and streets of many cities and regional centers of the republic.
In addition, the “Heart of Chechnya” mosque, the Republican Foundation, the Rosgvardia Regiment and the football club, formerly named Terek, are named after him.
On Akhmat Kadyrov Avenue in the center of Grozny, a 400-meter tower, called the Akhmat Tower, is being built.
“The renaming of the village in honor of Akhmat Kadyrov testifies to the planting of the Kadyrov cult in Chechnya,” says Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya, director of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Center.