Chechen police have confiscated hundreds of thousands of bottles of alcohol from markets and cafes after its pro-Moscow ruler criticized illegal drugs and heavy drinking, Reuters reported.
Ramzan Kadyrov, acting prime minister of the turbulent region, said in a series of speeches this week he would sack any policemen using alcohol or drugs and demote anyone who did not successfully fight crime.
The results were immediate. The region’s interior minister said police had confiscated 750,000 bottles of alcoholic drinks, and shut down an illegal alcohol factory. Around 9 kg (20 lb) of drugs had been confiscated.
“Not one of the world religions allows drugs, and especially not Islam. We must remember that a drug addict is the main target for terrorist recruitment,” Kadyrov said.
Late last week, Kadyrov publicly backed polygamy and has previously outlawed gambling and declared jihad (holy war) on rebels fighting Moscow’s rule — whom he accuses of being religious extremists.