Ramzan Kadyrov: brutal tyrant, Instagram star

Ramzan Kadyrov: brutal tyrant, Instagram star

If you picture a warlord’s Instagram, does it look like this? That’s Ramzan Kadyrov: ruthless leader of
Chechnya and proxy of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Here he is nuzzling a deer. These posts entertain millions of followers, but what they mask is a dark reality. Kadyrov recently attracted international criticism
when reports revealed that gay Chechens are being rounded up, tortured, and killed by authorities. At a safehouse in Moscow, a Chechen survivor
described the brutal interrogations. After the news broke, Kadyrov’s spokesperson,
Alvi Karimov, denied the reports, claiming that: Given the severity of the allegations against him, it’s hard to reconcile the brutality of Kadyrov’s leadership with his bizarrely entertaining online profile, where he features animals, celebrities, animals and celebrities, and, above all, his admiration for Vladimir Putin. What you don’t see is the violence and regression
that have been rampant under his watch. Chechnya is one of 21 republics in Russia, where regional ethnicities are allowed semi-autonomous systems of governance. It is a mountainous republic in a mostly Muslim
region of Russia known as The North Caucasus. In the 1990s, Chechnya suffered two devastating wars. The first was fought by separatists who tried
and failed to free Chechnya from Russian control following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A few years later, Russia initiated a second
war to eliminate Islamist radicals who they blamed for bombings that killed hundreds
of Russian civilians. The war was brutal and Putin’s forces
destroyed Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Putin later placed Akhmad Kadyrov, Ramzan’s
father, in charge of rebuilding the republic. Akhmad became President of Chechnya in October 2003, but the insurgency continued and in 2004 Kadyrov was killed when Islamist separatists bombed a parade he was watching in Grozny After the bombing, Ramzan was swiftly ushered to Moscow, where he met Putin that same day. At the time, he was leading Chechen security
forces and had been blamed for several kidnappings. But, despite the allegations, Putin positioned
him for leadership and he has been ruling the republic ever since 2007. In that time, Putin has given Kadyrov ample funding in exchange for keeping the Chechen conflict under control. The Kremlin funds at least 80% of Chechnya’s annual budget and Ramzan Kadyrov spends that money lavishly Not only on himself, but also on construction
projects he constantly promotes. He often features Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, an opulent building named after his father that symbolizes both Chechen renewal and Ramzan’s self-proclaimed commitment to Islam. He has also used the money to fund an army
of loyalists called the “Kadyrovtsy: a militia that has roots in the security forces
he ran for his father. On Instagram he touts their strength and discipline,
offering a clear threat to possible insurgents. So far, his methods have delivered results. Kadyrov has brought down Islamist violence
in Chechnya, which has solidified his authority and served as a major political victory for Putin. Part of his strategy has been promoting a
strict interpretation of Islam. Online, he maintains a steady stream of overtly religious posts and in public statements he insists that women wear headscarves and has supported honor killings as part of what he calls a “virtue
campaign”. He has also endorsed men shooting women on
the street with paintball guns when they are not fully covered, like in this YouTube video. In addition to shaping his Islamic agenda,
Kadyrov uses social media to craft a warrior persona that is based in historical notions
of Chechen identity. It’s an identity that can be traced back
to the early 20th century, when Leo Tolstoy wrote about the Chechen rebellion in his book “Hadji Murad”. Ever since then, ethnic Russians have perceived
Chechens as fierce warriors. And that image has played out over the course of history: From the two Chechen wars… …to the more recent photos of Chechens
fighting for ISIS in the Middle East. Now, copies of Tolstoy’s novel come with
a photo of a modern soldier on the cover. The tough guy stereotype has also travelled
beyond Russia. It is telling that a mobster in “The Dark Knight”
is known simply as “The Chechen”. Scrolling through his feed, you can see that
Kadyrov channels that identity with training montages, martial arts clips, fitness selfies, “Sport!” and close encounters with threatening creatures. But Kadyrov also poses as the benevolent leader
of Chechnya, who enjoys quiet moments with animals, bike rides, playing with his friends, And performing the “Lezginka”,
a regional dance. He also poses as Chechnya’s biggest advocate, and has paid for several Western celebrities to visit Grozny. Past visitors have included the boxer Floyd
Mayweather, the actor Steven Seagal, and the actress Hilary Swank, “…a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you’re building.” who visited for Kadyrov’s birthday in 2011. “Happy Birthday Mr. President!” Apart from hosting celebrities, Kadyrov constantly leverages his relationship with Putin to bolster his authority. On Instagram, he regularly demonstrates his
allegiance to the Russian President. But at times, his enthusiasm backfires. He once framed a photo of a Putin critic between
the crosshairs of a rifle scope, a reckless provocation that led some people to wonder
if Putin might be losing control of Kadyrov. These missteps do not go unnoticed. Kadyrov’s nearly three million followers on Instagram are around twice the entire population of Chechnya. Some of his posts have already led to repercussions
from Moscow. In October, he proudly posted this clip from
an MMA fight featuring ten year-old boys, including his own sons. In response, Russia’s ministry of sport
launched an investigation into the event and later that month, Anton Siluanov, Putin’s
finance minister, announced possible cuts to the Chechen budget. Now, revelations about Kadyrov’s persecution
of gays have caused global protests and created fresh tensions. At a recent meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Putin to discipline his Chechen subordinate. By then, Putin had already summoned Kadyrov
to the Kremlin for a meeting, but whether this did anything to change Kadyrov’s behavior remains to be seen. For the time being, Kadyrov continues to be
Putin’s man in Chechnya and as long as he can keep the region stable, things are likely to stay that way.

100 Replies to “Ramzan Kadyrov: brutal tyrant, Instagram star”

  1. Any one who is agreed usa is bad person. What does usa and alliance do in the middle east and Africa what do you call. His father was killed by Saudi and USA. All those call selv Islam, they know nothing about Muslim.

  2. Hoax, vox u are really smart hoax creator, how much dollar u get for us??, i'm and my family was tour and learn for the social experiment on chech citizen for 5 years.. inversely proportional with ur opinion, just ur opinion, and ur opinion like visual drama

  3. Well done Kadirov👍
    Homosexuality was the reason for destruction of Prophet lut’s People
    Homosexuality shouldn’t go unpunished

  4. I find it ironic that Putin claims to be quelling terrorists in Syria when one of his federal subjects openly endorses Islamic extremism.

  5. Getting beaten up sounds a lot better than death… which would happen in Pakistan, or any Arab nation ….

  6. damm hilary swank went to visit this guy??? i wonder how much she got paid for it?? i expected that from segall and mayweather they have no morals but her??? lost all respect for her!

  7. i respect the man from keeping his country from collapsing but at the meantime why dafaq does he hate women who wear what they want.

  8. I’m from north Azerbaijan, what’s funny is nobody can stand this guy where I’m from. Azerbaijan is extremely homophobic but the average joe doesn’t think it’s his place to judge anyone. We also can’t stand how Muslim Chechnya is becoming, kavkaz people have a rich history the more Muslim you make the country the more you loss your own culture.

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  10. Kadyrov is a perfect example of man's flawed nature; give him the power that he wants, and his desire for more will continue to grow and grow until…well…the ending is tragic for all of us…

  11. Ненавижу чечню,надеюсь рано или поздно ее огородят стеной и взорвут нахуй

  12. If 2nd American Civil War were to break out his followers would join Pro Donald Trump militias in the United States ready to attack the Democratic Party provided if these candidates win Joe Biden Bernie Sanders Kamala Harris Tulsi gabbard and Andrew yang.

  13. You’re gonna show this video and not get the other persons side of the story?
    Make accusations and report unverified statements?
    If it was me you were bashing I’d kidnap and torture you myself.

  14. When he has followers bigger than his population, you gotta admit he is authentic.. ➕ he is entertaining as well.

  15. What would happen if the Orthodox Church was to impose biblical laws or the Laws of the Torah or the Quran ! Why is it one rule for one and a different rule for another ! Why should we adopt sharia law here? Why should another country take up our ideas ??its democracy by hypocarcy

  16. Even tho im religious myself, i really hate it when religion is associated with the state or government. It's litteraly the worse thing in the world. The only state that deserves not to be secular is the Vatican due to it's religious status and if any other state was created for specifically for a religious reason like Mecca.

  17. The fall of Rome was caused by homosexuals taking over. This same thing is happening to modern Europe right now. Of course Germany is crying crocodile tears; they already destroyed western Europe with social experiments years ago. Go there today. It makes San Francisco look conservative.

  18. Time is coming for the real change. Sky is going to open and the real commend is going to decent upon people. wait and see.

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    მიდი აკოცე პუტინის ტრაკს

  20. Do you guys know what chechnya was before he arrived? If a similar American guy arrived in Baltimore it will be a nice place in a few years

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