On this day May 9, 2004
Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
The explosion ripped through VIP seating at a “Dinamo” football stadium during a mid-morning Soviet Victory Day parade in the capital Grozny, instantly killing Akhmad Kadyrov.
Two of Kadyrov’s bodyguards, the Chairman of the Chechen State Council, a Reuters journalist, and as many as a dozen others were killed (later report said more than 30 died).
Some 56 others were wounded, including Colonel General Valery Baranov, the commander of Russian forces in Chechnya who lost his leg in the explosion. The bomb was said to have been built into the concrete of a supporting column during recent repairs.
Akhmad Kadyrov had four children, three sons and a daughter. As of 2009, only one son is still alive, Ramzan Kadyrov, who led his father’s militia (the eldest son Zelimkhan Kadyrov died later in May 2004). Ramzan was later appointed as Prime Minister of Chechnya, and as President of Chechnya in March 2007. He soon organized the cult of personality regarding his father and himself.