“Loving Kadyrov” — head of the Chechen Republic filmed in “humorous” videos with leading Russian bloggers
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov is playing a new role—that of an actor. He entered into a partnership with popular Russian bloggers to release several short “humorous” video stories, one after another, which are designed to show him as a good strong leader, reports Russian site Medialeaks.
“Teach your wife Chechen and she will obey”
This video was shot with blogger Artyom Kalayjyan, who has about three million Instagram followers.
The blogger is telling Ramzan Kadyrov over a cup of tea about how the cops had pulled him over, but his wife calls him and prevents him from finishing the story. He tells her that he is busy, but she calls back again – and then Kadyrov picks up the phone.
He talks with the blogger’s wife in Chechen and reports that the blogger is at his place and will return home soon. The delighted wife answers Kadyrov that she understood perfectly—although she did not know the Chechen—and promises her husband that she will no longer distract him with her “stupid calls.”
An amazed blogger says that now he has to learn Chechen.
“You will not fear your enemies if your trainer is Chechen”
Another video stars Kadyrov and three Russian bloggers—Artyom Kalaidzhyan (from the previous clip), Mikhail Litvin, who has more than eight million subscribers, and Amiran Sardarov, who has almost three million subscribers.
Two young men are arguing, the third suggests they sort things out in the ring. Both men start training for the fight, but Ramzan Kadyrov becomes Kalaidjan’s coach. He pummels the blogger, makes him train hard, and teaches him “the warrior’s stare.” Artyom Kalaydzhyan struts into the ring with Kadyrov, the sight of which causes the opponent to fall motionless to the floor before the fight has even begun.
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“Killing and imprisoning until harmony reigns on the internet”
Even before his advertising campaign was released, Ramzan Kadyrov gave words of warning to potential critics during a Chechen governmental meeting: “Even if the whole world goes up in flames, even if the laws of all countries are violated, are we just supposed to let it stand when someone wounds the honor [of another person on the internet]? I swear by the Holy Quran that we won’t let it stand!”
And even before that, the head of Chechnya suggested “killing, imprisoning and scaring haters and trolls until harmony and mutual respect reign on the Internet.” At the request of human rights defenders, the Russian Interior Ministry investigated his statement, but found no violation of the law.