Ex-Separatist Kadyrov Attacks Commander of Russia’s Most Successful Military District
Has been a busy week for Ramzan
Has been a busy week for Ramzan
Kadyrov’s sons lead an interesting life. One day they are “repelling” a Ukrainian attack in Donetsk, a few short days later they’re already in Dubai in attendance for UFC 280.
Of course when their daddy was a little older than they are he wasn’t just play-acting war. He actually was fighting, but it was against the Russians so it’s something he these days prefers not to talk about.
Kadyrov's sons somwhere on front in DNR pic.twitter.com/3PXeJj6VZ3
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) October 19, 2022
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) October 22, 2022
War tourism might be in poor taste and I’m sure the boys prefer Dubai to Donbass, but there is a job to be done and a cause to be advanced. The job being self-promotion and the cause being keeping attentions firmly fixed on the Chechen contribution to Russia’s war by any means necessary
Moscow has to be continuously reminded of what a great return in Chechen service it is ostensibly getting for the endless billions in subsidies, and cringe be damned! Self-awareness is for the weak!
So after the hard work of creating promotional LARP “combat” videos the boys definitely deserved a breather in Dubai.
And we hope that the high-quality kit they were wearing can now be given to someone who is actually going to need it:
Such as to these poor bastards:
🇷🇺🚨 —Kadyrov's sons captured Ukranian troops then led them to #Kadyrov. Reports that Ukranians are currently looking for the status of these POW's. #BREAKING #RUSSIA #UKRAINE pic.twitter.com/BZrxRqWv3t
— Intel Mule (@Intel_Mule) October 22, 2022
I’m a little unsure of the optics here.
You have Putin and Surovikin talking about how Russians and Ukrainians are one people, and then you have bearded ex-separatist Islamists parading Slavs around Grozny. How exactly does that work? It’s a war to unite the Great Rus and the Little Rus but in the meantime we have to let minority Islamists get their pound of flesh and parade around Little Russians?
There’s Putin at Valdai talking about how the Americans had backed the Chechen insurgents, meanwhile these same ex-insurgents are parading his own ethnic kin on what is still formally Russian Federation soil. Could we say that the multicultural tolerance for the cringe-lord hillbilly Islamists and their ways has gone a little overboard here?
Somebody was telling me that one of the 3 POWs is a notorious “fat-dipper” terrorist who was dipping his bullets into pig fat. Okay that might be so, but where does that leave the other 2 guys?
Also, when I prodded him for a source the guy didn’t produce anything so I’m not sure what his assertion is based on. In the video, Kadyrov talks at some length but does not mention any pig fat. Actually I have to give the old anti-Russian fighter some credit here. He is lecturing the Little Russians but his tone is cordial. He isn’t scolding them or demanding an apology.
Also to be perfectly honest, I think there are greater crimes than dipping bullets into pig fat or drawing cartoons of Muhammed. In fact I might say that when bullets are dipped into fat the biggest affront is to pig lovers such as myself. That’s no way to treat a bowl of lard!
However soon any trace of cordiality or good mood left ole’ Ramzan. Three days later he took to Telegram and announced a jihad while also promising that he would no longer be taking prisoners. (Yes he really says it, “не будем брал пленом.”)
You may want to check that one up with the chief, Ramzan. He’s saying that Russo-Ukrainians are one people so are you sure he’s going to let you? Also your messaging is getting a little muddled here. Putin and Surovikin are going on about The Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians and you’re saying how you’re tired of this whole bleeding-heart, Geneva-convention “prisoner taking”. Maybe it’s time for you guys to have one of those little Zoom coordination meetings?
Soon it became known what had caused Kadyrov to announce a jihad and lose his sunny disposition.
Chechen Rosgvardia video blogged its positions in a Kherson school. It turns out that the Ukrainian military was among its readers on Telegram and sent a pack of HIMARS rockets into that school killing 23 and wounding 58 according to Chechen information.
As a fellow blogger, I have to say that I absolutely sympathize with the Chechens. I mean if hate mail is now going to be taking the form of HIMARS where does that leave the future of blogging?
Hey Ukrainians, if you don’t like Chechen vlogs have you considered submitting a kindly-worded critique? Kindly-worded critique — okay. Tactical ballistic missiles — not so okay.
Having announced a jihad on the “Satanist” West, Kadyrov returned to fighting his main enemy — the Russian military. In a Telegram post he praised the ex-convict and oligarch muscle Prigozhin of Wagner as a “born warrior” (Prigozhin and Kadyrov have a weird anti-RUMOD alliance going) while once again attacking general Lapin.
Only this time the Russian military blogosphere on Telegram rose to Lapin’s defense even more strongly than the first time.
Lapin is the Central Military District commander. AKA he commands all the Russian forces based in the Urals region and Western Siberia accounting for nearly 25% of Russia’s land power. His Central District was the one tasked with reaching Kiev the long way, from Russia itself (not using the Belarusian shortcut like the Far Eastern District). It’s a task it accomplished by covering 300 kilometers in 10 days and reaching Kiev’s eastern suburb of Brovary.
There was plenty in the advance of the Central District that was worth criticizing (as I certainly did) but 300 kilometers in 10 days is nonetheless impressive, and an accomplishment. It is the farthest advance accomplished by any of the 4 Districts and only the Southern one got close.
Lapin’s Central District, that together with the Far Eastern one is last in line for new equipment, outshone the favored Western District by a mile, and arguably accomplished as much as the Southern District.
This albeit it was a transplant to western Russia, and unlike the Western and Southern Districts wasn’t operating from its own logistics bases, and was operating in a theater it isn’t normally responsible for and doesn’t study. Moreover, it had been handed much more unrealistic orders than the two Districts native to the theater.
I can’t tell you if the feats of the Central District were due to Lapin or despite him, but he was in command.
So we have a general who commanded 25% of the Russian military and smashed from Bryansk to Kiev outskirts in 10 days being attacked by whom? A reserve police general. And moreover, a person who owes his entire rise to that generalship to his own dear father who put it him at the top of virtually all of Chechnya’s security forces by the time he was 27. For the simple reason that as his son, Ramzan was one of the very few people in the Republic the old Kadyrov could trust wouldn’t be tempted to kill him given half the chance.
But of course, as a “general” Kadyrov is a non-entity. What makes him a danger to Lapin is that Kadyrov in his function as the Chechen dictator has the kind of access to the Kremlin that Lapin couldn’t dream of.
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) October 27, 2022
Clearer footage of the Khamzat Chimaev brawl showing him come to blows with Abubakar Nurmagomedov at UFC 280.
Kadyrov’s son—Ali, red tracksuit—can be seen standing and watching from behind Chimaev while his entourage protects him. pic.twitter.com/gA43xEoi1V
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) October 22, 2022