President of Ichkeria

The president of Ichkeria, formally the president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria was the head of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria from 1991 to 2007, the Islamic Republic that existed until the victory of the Russian Federation in the Second Chechen War.

President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
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State Flag
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First officeholder
Dzokhar Dudayev
1 November 1991 – 21 April 1996
ResidencePresidential Palace, Grozny
AppointerDirect election
Formation9 November 1991
First holderDzhokhar Dudayev
Final holderDokka Umarov
Abolished31 October 2007
SuccessionPresident of the Chechen Republic
Emir of the Caucasus Emirate
DeputyVice President of Ichkeria

This is a list of presidents of the unrecognised Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, a de facto state in Chechnya that controlled most of the former Checheno-Ingush ASSR from 1991 to 2007 (see First Chechen War, Second Chechen War). Ichkeria's last presidential elections were held in January 1997.

Presidents of IchkeriaEdit

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office
1   Dzhokhar Dudayev
9 November 1991 21 April 1996 Independent
2   Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev
21 April 1996 12 February 1997 Vainakh Democratic Party
3   Aslan Maskhadov
12 February 1997 February 2000 Party of National Independence

Generally recognized presidents-in-exileEdit

Formation of the Caucasus Emirate and disputeEdit

On 31 October 2007, the separatist news agency Chechenpress reported that Dokka Umarov, the president of Ichkeria, had proclaimed the Caucasus Emirate and declared himself its Emir, thereby abolishing the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and its presidency.[1] This move was denounced by parts of the Chechen exile movement. Akhmed Zakayev was subsequently appointed Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria's government-in-exile.[2]

Last electionEdit

Candidate Votes %
Aslan Maskhadov 64.8
Shamil Basayev 22.7
Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev 12.5
Total 100
Source: ISSI

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Statement by Amir Dokka Umarov about the Declaration of the Caucasus Emirate (07.10.2007)". The Caucasus Blog. 2 December 2007. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009 – via
  2. ^ Galeotti 2014, p. 74.