Chechen Official involved In Polygamous Marriage

Nazhud Guchigov, 57, who is the Chechen police chief and also known as a close associate of the republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, is already married with children and now he has a second proposed bride, Kheda Goylabieva, who just turned 17 this month. Although Russian law allows neither polygamous marriages nor marriages before 18, Guchigov apparently plans to take this girl as his second wife in an Islamic marriage. The marriage is not recognized under the Chechen law so the wife is entitled to no legal or property rights. In recent years, as part of his so called "women’s virtue" campaign, Kadyrov has ignored Russian law and openly and repeatedly voiced approval of polygamy and even encouraged Chechen officials to engage in it. Despite repeated promises to get rid of marriages to underaged brides in Chechnya, Kadyrov the Republic's Leader, appears to be making an exception for his trusted police chief. This is not right and should not be allowed under any circumstances!

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