Chechen Warlord’s ‘Illness’ Detailed by Ukraine Intelligence Chief

Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov had life-threatening kidney points final month however has since recovered, the pinnacle of Ukraine’s Foremost Directorate of Intelligence company (GUR) has mentioned.

For weeks, rumors circulated that Kadyrov, who has dominated the predominantly Muslim southern Russian republic of Chechnya since 2007, was affected by severe kidney issues.

Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov attends a gathering of the Council on Interethnic Relations chaired by President Vladimir Putin in Pyatigorsk, Stavropol Krai area, on Could 19, 2023. Kadyrov had life-threatening kidney points final month, however has since recovered, the pinnacle of Ukraine’s Foremost Directorate of Intelligence Company (GUR) has mentioned.
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Hypothesis in regards to the Chechen chief’s well being intensified final month when Ukrainian navy intelligence spokesperson Andriy Yusov mentioned Kadyrov had been unwell for a very long time with systemic well being issues. There have been additionally rumors on social media that Kadyrov was lifeless or in a coma.

“He has well being issues, it is true. Within the episode you simply talked about, he was actually sick however recovered,” GUR head Lieutenant Normal Kyrylo Budanov instructed Ukrainian publication Ukrainska Pravda in an interview revealed on Thursday. “We should additionally admit this, whether or not we prefer it or not.”

Budanov added: “He has kidney issues. There was a risk to his life, however he handed it.”

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As hypothesis mounted over Kadyrov’s well being, his Telegram channel launched a video saying that he was alive and effectively, and that he had been going to the Moscow Central Medical Hospital to go to his uncle, who was present process remedy there.

Kadyrov’s channel launched a video of the Chechen chief sitting in a hospital room subsequent to his uncle. Within the clip, an individual who seems to be a physician says that Khas-Magomed Kadyrov has been in hospital for a fortnight and provides: “Immediately is September 20.”

And on September 28, the Kremlin launched a video exhibiting Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a sit-down assembly with Kadyrov.

State-run information company RIA Novosti reported the pair mentioned the scenario in Chechnya and the participation of Chechen fighters in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Kadyrov’s Chechen fighters have fought alongside Putin’s troops within the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“Give your greatest needs to the blokes. To their households, greatest needs. I do know that you’re personally concerned in these points on a regular basis, together with supporting the households of our guys who’re preventing on the entrance line—they’re preventing confidently, effectively, courageously, heroically,” Putin mentioned of their assembly.

Kadyrov mentioned his fighters had been in good spirits, and that they’ve been capturing Ukrainian troopers and destroying tools day by day.

The Kremlin beforehand declined to touch upon Kadyrov’s well being, saying that it isn’t a matter for the Russian president.

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