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Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, was reported hospitalized

There was data on the defeat of 70 percent of the lungs of the head of Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov Photo: NYT

/NOVOSTIVL/ The strongman leader of Chechnya, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin, is hospitalized with possible symptoms of the coronavirus, state-run news agenci TASS say.

Uncertainty over the health of the leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has broad implications, coming just as the virus is shaking the volatile and predominantly Muslim Caucasus region of southern Russia.

Official numbers are still low - Chechnya has reported 1,046 cases of the virus and 11 deaths.

The pandemic appears to be hitting the neighboring republic of Dagestan harder. Mr. Putin held an unusual televised video conference with Dagestani leaders this week, warning that traditional festivities marking the end of Ramadan this weekend posed a threat.

A top cleric, Mufti Akhmad Abdulayev, told Mr. Putin on the call that more than 700 people had died there, including 50 medical workers. “No one is keeping statistics on the people who are dying of illnesses in their homes,” he said. “They die, they are buried according to tradition, and no one counts them.”

Mr. Kadyrov, 43, the governor of the Chechen Republic, has long played an outsize role in the region. His father, Akhmad, fought the Russians during Chechnya’s first bloody war for independence, in the 1990s, then switched sides and backed Mr. Putin in the second Chechen war, in the early 2000s.

After his father was killed by rebels in 2004, Mr. Kadyrov came to symbolize Mr. Putin’s consolidation of domestic power. The Kremlin showered Chechnya with cash, gave Mr. Kadyrov leeway to enforce brutal crackdowns on critics and militants and helped finance his lavish lifestyle.

Russia’s two main state-run news agencies, Tass and RIA Novosti, reported on Thursday that Mr. Kadyrov had been taken to a Moscow hospital, possibly with symptoms of the coronavirus.

There was data on the defeat of 70 percent of the lungs of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. About this writes "Komsomolskaya Pravda" with reference to the source. According to the publication, most of the lungs of the head of Chechnya are affected. This indicates that the disease is severe.