Interestingly calling Ramzan Kadyrov a political ingénue ― in the original French feminine, which further contributes towards the discussion on the Chechen leader’s cult of masculinity (see the previous review) ―, the author traces the latter’s transformation since his political majority in 2006. J. Russel notably seeks to identify how Kadyrov has managed to effectively halt the war in Chechnya, becoming in the process a figure of almost mythical dimension among many ordinary Chechens. Evoking Kadyrov’s embodiment of the demand by the international community for a non-military solution to the Russo-Chechen conflict, and the absence of any Chechen figure of charismatic authority, the author also wonders whether a combination of less openness and more authoritarian rule does not provide greater stability in societies hitherto wracked by civil tensions ― though reminding that Kadyrov has alienated powerful forces in both Russia and Chechnya, pointing out his full reliance on Moscow’s subsidies and political support.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.3.B-599