Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 6 Issue: 9

“Years ago, [Akhmad] Kadyrov preached that Muslims should not worship human beings or animals when he protested the nomination of a wolf as the national emblem of an independent Chechnya. Now, he is becoming a deity himself. If this goes any further, I would not be surprised if they build a mausoleum for him and bring in people to worship him.” — Magomed Mataev, a Chechen traffic police officer, on the growing personality cult surrounding the slain Chechen president, as quoted by Timur Alliev in the Moscow Times on March 2.