The head of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said on his page in a social network that he is ready to give his life for Russia and President Vladimir Putin as he was awarded with the Order of Honor.
He said all merits for "peace and stability in the Chechen Republic belong to Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin]."
"Only his wise policy, his assistance and support made it possible to achieve solid peace, revive the republic, its economy, culture and spirituality," Kadyrov said.
"Giving life for such a person is the easiest task. I confirm that I will fulfill any order, solve for him a task of any complexity whatever it may cost me! Serving Russia! Serving the people," he wrote.
Kadyrov has used generous Kremlin funding to rebuild Chechnya after two separatist wars, which killed thousands of civilians and soldiers, and has relied on his feared security force of former rebels to stabilize the North Caucasus province.