Ramzan Kadyrov: I never said that I killed Russian soldiers
The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that he is deliberately being quoted as having said that he murdered Russian soldiers during the First Chechen War. So he said in response to TASS correspondent Andrei Vandenko who asked the Kadyrov about how he fought against federal troops.
Kadyrov did not offer a direct response to the question of whether he had killed Russian soldiers.
"May I be damned if I do not answer as it was! I have nothing to hide. I repeat, I walked around with my father. And he, as the Mufti, saved the lives of many, many soldiers," said the Chechen head.
Kadyrov said that his main opponents during the first Chechen campaign were "citizens of five dozens countries, all of whom somehow ended up in Chechnya, though [some of them] had been unheard of to him previously." These groups were composed, said Kadyrov, by "Western special forces."
"I never told anyone, neither in jest nor earnestly, that I killed Russian soldiers. I never said such a phrase! These words have been attributed to me ... They are being proliferated [by those who] know perfectly that they are a blatant lie. Yes, during the first campaign, I was up in arms with my people. I was small and stupid then," Kadyrov said.