Kadyrov says Chechnya needs better funding to prosper

Kadyrov says Chechnya needs better funding to prosper
Ramzan Kadyrov

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, stated in an interview with Russia 24 that great success in the republic’s development is only possible if more funds were allocated from the state budget.

According to Kadyrov, people think that Chechnya is “flourishing” because Russia gives him big money. “If we had enough funds under the [federal target] program, we would have done more. And even more if they were not standing on our way,” said the head of Chechnya.

In June, Kadyrov wrote a letter to President Putin asking to add a new Transcaucasian High-Speed Railway from Krasnodar to Grozny to the 2025 spatial development strategy. The Chechen head’s spokesman, Alvi Karimov, said that in addition to the federal budget, industry corporations and funds that invest in infrastructure may become sources for the HSR in Chechnya.

According to estimates of the Ministry of Transport, the cost of the high-speed highway is 1.2 trillion rubles ($18.300.000.000). 336 billion rubles would come from the federal budget and the remaining 869 billion rubles would come from what is referred to as "extrabudgetary sources."

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