Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov hospitalised in Moscow with suspected coronavirus

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov is reportedly under medical supervision because of suspected Covid-19. Moscow news agency Interfax broke the news on Thursday afternoon, citing a source in health care circles.

Rumours of his evacuation to the Russian capital by private jet had been circulating on anonymous social media channels earlier in the day, and were picked up by several popular news outlets. “Kadyrov is suspected of having coronavirus, he is under the supervision of doctors,” Interfax quoted its source as saying.

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The news agency emphasised that it does not have official confirmation. At the same time, Yekaterinburg-based Znak wrote that the information department of the government of Chechnya refused to comment. It says a spokesman told its reporter “We are not giving any information.”

Znak, citing an anonymous Telegram account which often breaks Russian political stories, said Kadyrov had been sick for a few days. This is unconfirmed. 

A number of high profile figures in Russia have been struck by coronavirus. They include the Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who has since returned to work, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

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