Ramzan Kadyrov (Russian: Рамзан Кадыров pron: ka-deer-ov)) is the President of the Russian republic of Chechnya. He is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov and puppet dictator. Ramzan Kadyrov is a brutal Putin-backed, pro-Kremlin warlord. He is widely viewed as nothing more than Putin's puppet. The private army under his control has been accused of numerous human rights abuses, including torture, extortion, kidnapping, rape and murder. The plurality of Russian people distrust Kadyrov. He and his father fought on separatist side and then defected to Russian side.
However, Kadyrov did help marginalize the influence of radical Islam, which began to take hold in the region amidst the devastation of the First Chechen war (1994-1996).
Ramzan Kadyrov and his father Akhmad were awarded by 'Hero of Russia' star, though they took part in terrorist groups in 1990ths. Now Ramzan Kadyrov is de facto authoritarian ruler in Chechnya with little involvement of Russian government, in gratitude Ramzan provides 100% support of Putin and his party in elections.
Kadyrov has de facto established Sharia law in the region and was condemned by the international community for slaughtering gay citizens. Chechen authorities have imposed a compulsory Islamic dresscode for women.
There is evidence that anti-Putin activist Boris Nemtsov was in fact killed on the orders of Kadyrov and not the Russian FSB, despite liberal claims of the contrary.
In February 2022, the Kadyrov-backed Mufti of the Chechen Republic strongly implied that Vladimir Putin, despite not being Muslim, was waging a holy war on behalf of Allah by going to war with Ukraine, and that it was the spiritual duty of Chechens to fight on the side of Russia. Shortly before this announcement, Kadyrov himself had announced that he was deploying Chechen troops (known by some as Kadyrovites) to Ukraine. Since then, Kadyrov has made veiled threats against Ukrainian civilians, and even publicly criticized Putin for not pushing for a wider war. It is probable that many if not most war crimes committed by the pro-Russian side will end up being committed by forces loyal to Kadyrov, given his fanaticism.
In May 2023 Kadyrov revealed that he paid Ukrainian intelligence services $18,000 to get his racehorse back, Zazou, who had been held in the Czech Republic since 2014, having fallen victim to sanctions imposed on Kadyrov by the West following Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/02/AR2007030201500.html
- ↑ http://hrw.org/backgrounder/eca/chechnya1106/
- ↑ http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=421&issue_id=4037&article_id=2372009
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6530833.stm
- ↑ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/kadyrov-bridge-st-petersburg-residents-reject-naming-bridge-afte/
- ↑ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/chechnya-ramzan-kadyrov-gay-citizens-massacre-chechen-leader-do-not-exist-russia-vladimir-putin-a7675906.html
- ↑ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-12705300