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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Top Officials Close to Alkhanov Quit

Itar-TassPrime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov taking aim at Chechnya's first Akhmad Kadyrov Russian Billiards Cup on Thursday.
Chechen Security Council chief German Vok and at least three other senior officials submitted their resignations Thursday, a source in the Chechen president's representative office in Moscow told Interfax.

The source said Chechen President Alu Alkhanov had accepted Vok's request for a vacation to be followed by resignation, adding that two advisers to Alkhanov, a senior spokesman and several other members of the president's inner circle also tendered their resignations. The source declined to speculate on the reasons for the exodus of top officials but said they were all members of Alkhanov's "team."

News of the resignations led to speculation that Alkhanov himself would soon follow to make way for the region's powerful prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov, who turned 30 last fall and became eligible to assume the presidency.

In late January, the Chechen president announced that he would not run for re-election when his current term ends in August 2008, but denied reports of his imminent resignation.

According to a statement released later Thursday by Alkhanov's press office in Grozny, however, Vok had "repeatedly expressed his desire to go on vacation, to rest, but there was never any talk of his resignation," Interfax reported.

Isa Zakriyev, Alkhanov's acting press secretary, told Interfax that after his vacation, Vok would most likely resume his duties as head of the regional Security Council.