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Russia: Putin reminds Kadyrov to ensure stability, praises Chechen's loyalty02:41

Russia: Putin reminds Kadyrov to ensure stability, praises Chechen's loyalty

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 14, 2016 at 01:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "I personally talked to him about it" during his answer to a question posed by well-known Russian journalist Sergei Dorenko, regarding Ramzan Kadyrov's alleged "threats' to an opposition member, at the 14th annual 'Direct Line' QA session in Moscow on Thursday, before reminding the audience of the Chechen Republic leader's loyalty to Russia.

Putin stated that Kadyrov will have to understand that formulating an extreme attitude to one's opponents does not promote stability in Russia, referring to an Instagram video posted by Kadyrov in which former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov was shown in the crosshairs of a rifle. The move caused an outcry among opposition figures, and Instagram administrators quickly removed the clip, alledging it had insulted other members of the community.

Nevertheless, he reminded Dorenko that Kadyrov had "fought with us in the forest. Did you forget about that? With a weapon in his hands, together with his father," Putin stressed. "He, himself, came to the conclusion that Chechnya should be with Russian people, should be with Russia," he added.

Putin is taking questions from Russian citizens from across the country. Those wishing to ask Putin a question have the opportunity to contact the president via Facebook and local social media networks, as well as by SMS and telephone.

Putin's 'Direct Line' has become a well-established tradition throughout the years of his presidency. The event generally focuses on domestic affairs, with Putin reporting on the government’s achievements while identifying existing issues. Putin’s answers also touch upon international issues affecting Russia.

The 13th edition of the event in 2015 lasted for three hours and 57 minutes, with the Russian president answering a record 74 questions out of the more than three million received.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received some 400,000 questions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "I personally talked to him about it" during his answer to a question posed by well-known Russian journalist Sergei Dorenko, regarding Ramzan Kadyrov's alleged "threats' to an opposition member, at the 14th annual 'Direct Line' QA session in Moscow on Thursday, before reminding the audience of the Chechen Republic leader's loyalty to Russia.

Putin stated that Kadyrov will have to understand that formulating an extreme attitude to one's opponents does not promote stability in Russia, referring to an Instagram video posted by Kadyrov in which former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov was shown in the crosshairs of a rifle. The move caused an outcry among opposition figures, and Instagram administrators quickly removed the clip, alledging it had insulted other members of the community.

Nevertheless, he reminded Dorenko that Kadyrov had "fought with us in the forest. Did you forget about that? With a weapon in his hands, together with his father," Putin stressed. "He, himself, came to the conclusion that Chechnya should be with Russian people, should be with Russia," he added.

Putin is taking questions from Russian citizens from across the country. Those wishing to ask Putin a question have the opportunity to contact the president via Facebook and local social media networks, as well as by SMS and telephone.

Putin's 'Direct Line' has become a well-established tradition throughout the years of his presidency. The event generally focuses on domestic affairs, with Putin reporting on the government’s achievements while identifying existing issues. Putin’s answers also touch upon international issues affecting Russia.

The 13th edition of the event in 2015 lasted for three hours and 57 minutes, with the Russian president answering a record 74 questions out of the more than three million received.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received some 400,000 questions.