Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and Chechen mufti Sultan-hadji Mirzayev have both harshly criticized the proposal by Chechen legal scholar Dagir Khasavov to establish Shari'a courts in Russia for the benefit of those Russian Muslims who do not want to "get bogged down in the Russian legal system," which they do not trust.

Mirzayev served in the late 1990s as head of the Shari'a court of the quasi-independent Chechen Republic Ichkeria.

Chechnya's six deputies to the Russian parliament have issued a similar joint statement criticizing Khasavov as an "ignoramus" who agreed to participate in a "dirty provocation" at the behest of persons not named.

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