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Chechen Presidential Election Candidates

Akhmad Kadyrov


Akhmad Kadyrov

Born 1954 in Kazakhstan. Former rector of the Islamic Institute in Chechnya, he fought against the Russian army in 1994, but later distanced himself from separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, protesting the development of a wahhabi movement in Chechnya.

After the 1999 Chechen invasion of Dagestan, he broke away from Maskhadov and refused to participate in the second war.

Putin appointed him head of the pro-Moscow Chechen administration in June 2000.

Khusein Biybulatov

Born 1939 in the Chechen-Ingush republic. Began his career in a sugar factory, working his way up to become Russian deputy prime minister and head of Gosplan for the Chechen-Ingush republic.

Served as co-chair of the Russian-Chechen commission for political settlement between Russia and Chechnya.


Shamil Burayev

Abdula Bugayev

Born 1949 in Kazakhstan. In 1990 elected a people's deputy of the Supreme Soviet. Deputy head of the Chechen republic's Cabinet from 1995 and deputy in its parliament from November 1996.

From mid-2000 he was Kadyrov's deputy, but he quit in early 2001 after Kadyrov refused to appoint him prime minister.

From 2001 to April 2003, he worked with Putin's envoy in the Southern Federal District.

Shamil Burayev


Kudis Saduyev

Born in 1958 in the Chechen-Ingush republic. Worked in agriculture before becoming the administration head in the Achkhoi-Martan region in 1995, until he was fired by Kadyrov in spring 2003.

Ovukhat Khanchukayev

Born in 1954, a lecturer at the Chechen University in Grozny.

Nikolai Paizulayev

Born in 1948, works in Kadyrov's press office.

Kudis Saduyev

Born in 1956 in Kazakhstan. A manager in the petroleum industry, Saduyev moved to Chechnya in 2000 and since then has been deputy general director of Grozneftegaz.

Compiled by Timur Aliev