In a September 1 CBC TV interview, Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the
Chechen Republic, rejected claims that he was a dictator. If you show my photo to any Chechen child, he will say: "That's Ramzan, and I love him," said Kadyrov, adding: "Indeed, I am dictatorial against Europe and the kharijites of our age." Noting that the wars have led to an imbalance in the female-male ratio in his country, Kadyrov called upon Chechens to practice polygamy, saying that otherwise, "where will these poor girls go?"
Following are excerpts
Interviewer: "Mr. President, your wonderful, role-model personality is sometimes characterized by the West as 'a dictator,' whereas the terrorists you describe you as 'a danger to Islam.' How would you characterize yourself?"
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov: "They all subscribe to the Party of Satan. The terrorists... They all stand alongside the enemies of Islam. Europe does not want Islam to rise. I am an enemy of both [the West and the terrorists]."
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov: "If you show my picture to a child on the streets of Chechnya, and ask him who this is - if he does not say: 'That's Ramzan, and I love him,' I will resign from my position as president on the spot. That way you will know whether or not I am dictatorial against my own people. Indeed, I am dictatorial against Europe and the kharijites of our age."
Interviewer: "If you met US President Obama, what would you say to him?"
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov: "Do not oppress Islam and the Muslims!"
Interviewer: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov: "The Islamic shari'a allows one to marry up to four wives. Therefore, I call upon my people to practice polygamy, because the Chechen people have gone through wars, and the number of women has increased (compared to men). So if we do not practice polygamy, where will these poor girls go?"
Interviewer: "Mr. President, when are you going to step down as the ruler of Chehnya? When will you say: 'No more'?"
Chechen President Ramzan
Kadyrov: "A few months ago, I decided to step down, in order to devote my time to my family and to the worship of Allah. However, I was surprised when some good people, some ulema, and some statesmen told me that the time has not yet come for me to quit the presidency."