A shop in Grozny. Screenshot of a video by the "Grozny" State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFqBPYXInOg

08 April 2024, 17:18

Authorities boast of paying off multimillion debts of Grozny residents to stores

More than 100 million roubles have been spent from the Kadyrov Fund to pay off the debts of poor Grozny residents to grocery stores, Chechen authorities have reported. At the same time, Ramzan Kadyrov has stated that the action to pay off debts has nothing to do with the large number of poor people in Chechnya.

On April 3, Kadyrov suggested that officials, on the occasion of the end of Ramadan, pay for low-income residents of Chechnya who buy goods on credit at small shops.

On April 5, the Grozny Mayoralty joined "the large-scale action" of paying off residents' debts; such debts were paid off in 353 city stores, the Mayoralty has reported in its Telegram channel.

The reader of the "Caucasian Knot" named agripina_mitchell has drawn attention to the authorities' reports on the repayment of residents' debts. "It was emphasized that the debts was repaid with the assistance of the public fund named after Akhmat Kadyrov. It turns out that it was not even Kadyrov's officials who had paid off people's debts, but the Kadyrov Fund," the reader has noted.

Let us remind you that in 2021, Kadyrov also announced a campaign to pay off residents' debts for goods bought in stores from the Akhmat Kadyrov Fund. The political analysts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" then treated this action as populism, noting that people's dissatisfaction with declining incomes and rising prices had grown; while the republic's head is seeking to increase his popularity.

According to the "Rosstat" (Russian Federal State Statistics Service), as of June 2023, in Chechnya 19.4 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on April 6, 2024 at 04:31 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: Caucasian Knot

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