April 28, 2024

If You Prick Kadyrov, Does He Not Bleed?


If You Prick Kadyrov, Does He Not Bleed?
Adorable. Deadly, but adorable. The Russian Life files

Rumors, paired with a cryptic social media post, have raised questions about the health of the odd president of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Last week, a report by Novaya Gazeta Europe alleged that Kadyrov suffers from pancreatic necrosis, for which he receives regular treatment at a Moscow hospital. The article cited anonymous sources, who said Kadyrov was diagnosed with the terminal disease five years ago.

Mere hours later, Kadyrov seemed to directly counter the rumors by posting a workout video of himself on VKontakte. In it, he lifts weights, stretches, jokes with gym buddies, and wrestles. Presumably, the music backing the video fits within Chechnya's musical regulations.

Kadyrov is a close Putin ally, if a little eccentric. As head of Chechnya, he oversees a largely Muslim Caucasian republic under Moscow's control. Kadyrov was also quick to support Russia's invasion of Ukraine, vowing to personally send his sons to the front lines.

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