As Dagbladet reported this weekend, there is speculation about whether Kadyrov might be admitted to a hospital in Moscow. Outside the hospital, used by Russian political elites, several Chechen-registered cars were spotted, which allegedly could be linked to Kadyrov’s inner circle and his administration.
The online newspaper Opozrevatil, run by a Ukrainian politician, quoted intelligence sources on Sunday as saying that Kadyrov’s health had deteriorated in a Moscow hospital, and that he might be transferred to specialists in the United Arab Emirates.
Ukrainian intelligence also claims that Kadyrov is seriously ill and is in a coma.
The latest of these speculations comes Oleksiy Danilov, head of the Ukrainian National Security Council. He claims that Kadyrov may have been poisoned.
– It is widely known that Kadyrov has health problems. However, it can be assumed that it was due to poisoning, repeated poisoning, which led to kidney complications, Danilov told Ukrainian TV earlier this week. Ukrainian Pravda.
He goes on to say that all of this could be part of internal problems in the Kremlin’s power struggle.
Given the influence he had, and continues to have, on Russian operations, he ended up in this situation, says Danilov, according to the newspaper.
Speculating for a long time
Kadyrov, also referred to as “Putin’s blood dog,” is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was Putin who appointed him leader of Chechnya in 2007.
Officially, there was little information about Kadyrov’s illness. Rumors have been circulating for several months that he is suffering from kidney failure.
The German newspaper Bild reported last March that former Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Akhmed Zakayev claimed that Kadyrov was suffering from kidney problems.
Also in June, Ramzan Kadyrov was allegedly seriously ill.
– Wonderfully refreshing
After speculation gained momentum over the weekend, a video was posted on the dictator’s Telegram channel on Sunday, in which he appears to respond to the allegations.
He goes out for a walk and says the following:
– I highly recommend anyone who cannot distinguish between truth and lies on the Internet to take a walk in the fresh air and put all their thoughts in order. The rain is wonderfully refreshing.
It was not possible to determine where and when the video was filmed.
– As far as we know, it cannot be said whether the video was recorded now, or whether this is an old video that has nothing to do with today, says Danilov.
Half an hour after Kadyrov’s video was posted on Telegram, exiled Chechen activist Abubakar Jangulbayev posted a brief message on Telegram claiming that Ramzan Kadyrov had died.
Ramzan Kadyrov has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since 2007. Kadyrov and his regime are linked to widespread human rights violations.
His private army, popularly called Kadyrov, has been actively fighting in Putin’s large-scale war to invade Ukraine. Among other things, they were active during the Russian siege of the now bombed Black Sea city of Mariupol.
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