Chechnya's official: Kadyrov happy to be America’s foe

Chechnya's official: Kadyrov happy to be America’s foe

U.S. Administration’s decision to place the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on the so-called Magnitsky List will be a good New Year present for him, a present he would not even dream of, the regional minister for external ties, mass media and communications, Jambulat Umarov said.

"This [inclusion in the list] will give a boost to Kadyrov and will support his pre-New Year moods in a powerful way. Lists of this kind help us get to know the true patriots of Russia," the official stressed.

"If Kadyrov were placed on the list of America’s friends, then we would really have grounds for doubts but he and another four lucky men have turned up on the list of America’s foes. This only means these people are loyal to their homeland and its President," TASS cited Umarov as saying.

Earlier on Wednesday, the U.S. Administration added five more citizens of Russia, including Ramzan Kadyrov, to the Magnitsky List. The U.S. accuses him of "extra-judiciary killings, torture and other crude violations of internationally recognized human rights."