Ramzan Kadyrov, the Putin-backed leader of Chechnya, described the armed uprising led by PMC Wagner’s Progojin in Russia as a “backstabbing,” and reported that he supports every word spoken by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Ramzan Kadyrov has been governing Chechnya since 2007 and is a loyal ally of Putin. He has occasionally supported Prigojin’s hawkish stance in warfare.
However, in recent times, he has distanced himself from Prigojin, the head of the private military company Wagner, due to the criticisms directed at the command structure of Wagner.
According to the BBC, Kadyrov said, “I appeal to the warriors, to the patriots of the Homeland. Do not succumb to provocations.”
In his Telegram statement, Kadyrov said, “Regardless of the goals and promises given to you, the security of our state and the harmony of the Russian society are currently the most important things.”
Kadyrov also mentioned that Chechen fighters and national guards have been sent to the areas experiencing tensions, as reported by the Ministry of Defense.
Kadyrov also said, “The uprising must be eradicated, and we are ready for tough measures if necessary.”
Who is Ramzan Kadyrov?
Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov (born October 5, 1976, in Tsentoroi) is the third president of Chechnya, a republic within the Russian Federation. He is a Putin loyalist and has been strongly criticized by Chechen separatist forces.His father, Ahmat Kadyrov, was an imam, and Ramzan took on the role of his personal driver and bodyguard.
During the First Chechen War, Ahmat Kadyrov fought against the Russians, but during the Second Chechen War, he switched sides and declared his loyalty to Russia. His father was assassinated on May 9, 2004, during the Victory Day celebrations in Grozny, by Chechen radical jihadists.
Wagner was like Putin’s private army
Also known as PMC Wagner, the Wagner Group is a Russian paramilitary organization. It has been described in various ways, such as a private military company, a mercenary network, or as the de facto private army of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The group operates beyond the bounds of Russian laws, as private military contractors are officially prohibited in Russia. While the Wagner Group itself is not ideologically directed, various elements of Wagner have been associated with neo-Nazis and far-right extremist ideologies