Я – реальный представитель Кремля. Я – полностью человек Владимира Путина. Я никогда не предам Путина, никогда не подведу его. Клянусь Всевышним: я скорее 20 раз умру. Я – мужчина и уважаю Путина как мужественного человека, как настоящего мужчину, мудрого политика. А вот если направить ещё какого-то спецпредставителя на Кавказ, то ситуация станет лучше?
I am the Kremlin’s official representative in Chechnya. I am fully Vladimir Putin’s man. I will never betray Putin, never fail him. I swear to God that I would sooner die twenty ttimes than do either. I respect Mr. Putin as a courageous man, as a real man, a wise policymaker.
— Ramzan Kadyrov to the Russian publication Versiya, January 11, 2010.
You can judge a man’s character by the company he keeps. In this case, it’s hard to know which man is tarnished more by association with the other. Suffice it to say that they are birds of a slim-covered feather.
The Beast of Chechnya
It’s almost as if Ramzan Kadyrov, designated and decorated as a national hero of Russia by Vladimir Putin, wants to help us folks here at La Russophobe prove conclusively what an inhuman neo-Soviet monster he is. Why else, we can’t help but wonder, would he publicly say this about Natalia Estemirova:
She never had any honor, dignity or conscience. Why should Kadyrov kill a woman whom nobody needs?
Yes, he referred to himself in the third person. Yes, he accused this single working mother who laid down her life for her beliefs of having no honor. Yes, though she worked tirelessly and selflessly to protect the rights of the defenseless, he said she had no conscience. Yes, he displayed for all the world his absolute contempt for her, confirming his motive to kill her. Yes, he ignored her international reputation and many awards for journalistic and human rights achievement, something very few other Chechnya activists can boast of, and still claimed she mattered to nobody — ignoring too the hundreds of newspapers articles that deluged the worldwide media after her brutal killing.
Well, all we can say is “thank you, Mr. Kadyrov.” You’ve made our argument with your own words far better than we could ever dream of doing. And, of course, the continued support of our maniacal, malignant, homicidal regime by the Moscow Kremlin tells the world all it needs to know about that regime as well.
Radio Free Europe has more analysis of the psychopathic ravings of this bloodthirsty, homicidal maniac who is Russia’s “hero.”
Ramzan Kadyrov, Murderer
“You understand that you are putting yourself in grave danger. You need to change your style of work.”
–Nurdi Nukhazhiyev, spokesman for Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, to Oleg Orlov, head of the Memorial human rights NGO, at a meeting on July 10, 2009, four days before Orlov’s lead journalist, Natalia Estemirova, was kidnapped in Grozy, murdered and dumped at the roadside in Ingushetia.
The man with the golden gun
You may find those words shocking, but they are nothing compared to what Kadyrov himself was prepared to say to Estemirova herself, in person. He stated: “I have blood from my hands to my elbows.” This was after calling her into his office to criticize her reporting of human rights abuses by his military cadres. It was after Kadyrov “yelled at her, asked questions about who she lived with, where her relatives were and how old her daughter was.” Alexander Cherkasov, a Chechnya expert at Memorial, told reporters at a news conference: “With Kadyrov she spoke like a schoolteacher — she put this D-student in his place. But he knew how to do more than just spit wads of paper from the back row.”
Of course, the Russian media is not reporting any of it.
Kadyrov the Beast
We always know when the Kremlin is starting to panic, because the rhetoric of its malignant denizens goes from infantile to senile to simply bestial. With four major attacks on leading Caucasus Kremlin puppets in as many weeks, the Kremlin is getting desperate and its utterances are getting scary.