Akhmad Kadyrov museum is a recently built museum (2010) in the heart of Grozny, Chechnya. It hosts a memorial dedicated to the first president of Chechnya Akhmad Kadyrov (father of current Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov), a war monument honoring Russia’s victory in World War Two (the Great Patriotic War), an exhibition of (relatively new) paintings and other temporary exhibitions.
During the war, all the artistic heritage of Chechnya was destroyed. Museums, universities , cultural centers – all were leveled to the ground by the Russian forces, causing irreparable damage to Chechen national treasure, cultural heritage and educational system.
However, the museum ranks third in Russia when it comes to construction and interior design. Occupying a surface of 14 hectares, it was built with marble imported from Spain and Iran, and crowned with a half a ton chandelier – which is covered with 20 kg of gold and over 750 light bulbs. In the center of it – an inscription says “Justice will prevail”.
The memorial dedicated to the 1941 Great Patriotic War fought by Soviets against Nazis comes as a contraindication – considering that 3 years later Stalin deported the entire population of Chechnya and Ingushetia to Siberia and Central Asia under the unfounded accusations of Nazi cooperation.
The museum is one of the many symbols of opulence and privilege in Chechnya – a country where all the infrastructure was destroyed during the wars and is still awaiting reconstruction, where most of the population is unemployed and the victims of war are still waiting to be dug out (see details here).