General Staff reports large number of Russian losses in Donbas
The daily losses of the Russian military amount to 30 people killed and over 120 wounded to varying degrees of severity in the area of Mayorsk, Donetsk Oblast, the General Staff announced in its morning Facebook report as of Nov. 7.news.yahoo.com
Kadyrov reluctant to have Chechens join Russian army amid conflict with defense ministry
Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov has warned people in the republic he controls that they should expect military summons letters – despite the fact that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced the completion of mobilization, RFE/RL’s project Kavkaz.Realii reported on Oct. 31.news.yahoo.com
Commander of the Central Military District has been dismissed
KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO - SATURDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2022, 19:28 Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, the Commander of the Central Military District, has been dismissed from his post. Source: Chechen state television and radio channel, RBC, Meduza, the Russian Latvia-based media outlet Details: On Saturday, a number of Russian media sources, including Chechen state television and radio channel and an RBC source familiar with the personnel decision, reported about Lapin's dismissal.news.yahoo.com
Chechen leader: 23 Chechen soldiers killed and 58 injured in Kherson Oblast
UKRAINSKA PRAVDA - FRIDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2022, 09:40 Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, a federal subject of the Russian Federation, has said that 23 Chechen soldiers fighting on the Russian side were killed and another 58 were injured in Kherson Oblast on 24 October.news.yahoo.com
After report about death of "kadyrovites" in Kherson Oblast, Kadyrov started talking about jihad
UKRAINSKA PRAVDA - TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2022 23:28 Leader of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov said that all true believers should stand up in the fight against "Satanism" and called this struggle jihad [an Arabic word which means "holy fight against the enemies of Islam" - ed.news.yahoo.com
Putin’s Two Biggest War Hawks Are Turning on Him
Kremlin via ReutersThe cracks in Vladimir Putin’s war machine appear to be growing as two of his biggest allies in the senseless slaughter of Ukrainians blast the country’s “weak” military.Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov went public with his complaints late Monday on Telegram, where he said he was “very unhappy” with the current state of the war.“Earlier we used to say that we were conducting a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, but the war is already happening on our territornews.yahoo.com
Chechen leader is warned: Unless Russia is destroyed, it will return to kill Chechen women and children
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2022, 13:18 Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, has advised Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-controlled head of Chechnya, to get out of Ukraine and stand up for the independence of his homeland before the aggressor becomes interested in destroying it as well.news.yahoo.com
Beleaguered Russian Commanders Now Babysitting Boss’ Kids in Ukraine
via TelegramRussia’s war against Ukraine has taken yet another absurd turn as one of Vladimir Putin’s most devoted cronies took to social media to demonstrate the epitome of Russian military prowess: his three underage sons haphazardly firing off weapons in Ukraine as they are babysit by a top commander.“Akhmat, Eli and Adam got right up to enemy positions and provided cover fire for advancing fighters,” Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wrote of his sons, aged 14 to 16. The announcement was accompanews.yahoo.com
Russian Judge Linked to Top Putin Ally Allegedly Killed in Bridge Bomb
Anadolu Agency via GettyThree days after a huge explosion tore through a key bridge linking Russia to occupied Crimea in what the Kremlin deemed a Ukrainian “terrorist” attack against civilians, sources cited in Russian media say one of the victims was no ordinary civilian at all.Sergei Maslov, a judge of the Moscow Arbitration Court, is said to have died in the blast along with three other people who were in the same vehicle with him: fitness instructor Gleb Orgetkin and Eduard Chuchakin and Zonews.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Russia's military woes mount amid Ukraine attacks
Even as the Kremlin moved to absorb parts of Ukraine in a sharp escalation of the conflict, the Russian military suffered new defeats that highlighted its deep problems on the battlefield and opened rifts at the top of the Russian government.
Putin’s Dueling Foot Soldiers Are Now Apparently Killing Each Other Off
AFP via GettyWhile Ukraine’s military has been successfully chasing Russian troops out of one territory after another, Vladimir Putin’s foot soldiers have apparently been turning their weapons on each other as the Russian leader’s “special military operation” continues to come apart at the seams in spectacular fashion.The Kremlin’s flailing bid to get an edge on the battlefield by deploying mercenaries from the Wagner Group—which now includes hundreds of prison inmates—has reportedly backfired anews.yahoo.com
'Our children are not fertilizer': Why protests in Chechnya and Dagestan should trouble Moscow
When Russia invaded Ukraine, Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov vowed support. But when a “partial mobilization” was announced two weeks ago, Kadyrov defied the Kremlin, saying Chechen conscription targets had been “overfulfilled.” Discontent and protest have extended to other minority areas as well.news.yahoo.com
Kadyrov says he is allegedly sending his underage sons to war
ROMAN PETRENKO - MONDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2022, 13:34 Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said that he will allegedly send his three 14-16-year-old sons to the war in Ukraine. Source: Kadyrov on Telegram Details: The Chechen leader said his children were ready to demonstrate their combat skills in the war in Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
No further mobilization will be held in Chechnya, says regional warlord
The Russian vassal state of Chechnya has already "surpassed the target” on providing conscripts for the Russian military, and as a result Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s decree on partial mobilization will not apply, Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov has said, according to a report by Radio Liberty’s local service, Kavkaz.Realii, on Sept. 22news.yahoo.com
Chechen leader threatens 20 women detained at anti-war rally in Chechnya: Their children and husbands to be sent to fight in Ukraine
ALONA MAZURENKO - WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2022, 20:58 Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic [a federal subject of the Russian Federation - ed.] said that the 15-20 women who took part in an anti-war rally in the city of Grozny [the capital of Chechnya - ed.news.yahoo.com
Kadyrov expresses shock over Russian army's retreat near Kharkiv, threatens to take Odesa
Following the success of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kharkiv Oblast, Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov called the situation "amazing" and demanded that the Russian Defense Ministry make changes to the so-called "special military operation”, in an emotional appeal posted in his Telegram channel on Sept. 11.news.yahoo.com
Russian media report Putins frustration with Chechen troops conduct in Ukraine
Ukrainska Pravda - Saturday, 28 May 2022, 16:31 Russian journalists report that, according to their sources, the Kremlin initially approved of the conduct of the Kadyrovites [units subordinate to Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic in the Russian Federation] in Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he's in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have unrestricted access to world markets.
Intelligence reveals the number of Kadyrov militants fighting in Ukraine
ROMAN PETRENKO - SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2022, 11:46 AM About 2,500 militants from the Chechen Republic took part in the military invasion of Ukraine, the Chief Intelligence Directorate reports. Source: Ukrainian Chief Intelligence Directorate Quote: "It is significant that despite all the training, morale and equipment that Kadyrov's TikTokers apparently had, even outside the active combat zone, out of 2,500 mercenaries, about a hundred have been killed, about three hundred have been injured, and more tnews.yahoo.com
Chechen Leader’s Brutal Fighters Are Getting Killed in Ukraine ‘Every Day’
Chingis Kondarov/ReutersChechen troops in Ukraine loyal to Ramzan Kadyrov have claimed a reputation for being the most brutal in Putin’s war, but a new report says they’re actually suffering major losses and going to great lengths to cover them up.According to an investigation by Russia’s independent news outlet IStories, the official figure of 13 Chechen soldiers killed in Ukraine is a major undercount; a source in the Chechen Health Ministry tells the outlet the true death toll of the so-callenews.yahoo.com
Putin ally and battle-hardened Chechen leader teases further brutalities as fractures with Kremlin surface
Russian President Vladimir Putin's ally, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, posted a video to Telegram teasing further brutality in southeastern Ukraine as the world reels from Bucha massacre.news.yahoo.com
Hugs and tears at Auckland airport as New Zealand relaxes border
New Zealanders stranded overseas by the pandemic return home to tears and hugs as the country begins dismantling some of the world's toughest Covid-related border restrictions. Until now, Kiwi expats entering the country needed to undergo 10 days of isolation in expensive and over-subscribed hotel accommodation. The requirement has now been dropped for New Zealanders arriving from Australia and will soon apply to all expatriates.news.yahoo.com
Protests resume as Russia seeks to quash invasion critics
Protests against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resumed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities on Friday, even as authorities sought to push back against the spreading antiwar sentiment and project an image of strength and righteousness, following large demonstrations the day before.
UAE weapons show draws major deals, traders amid pandemic
(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI – In spite of the surging coronavirus pandemic, major arms makers descended Sunday on a convention center in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to make deals with militaries across the Middle East. The UAE unveiled $1.36 billion in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to Serbian artillery. Significant national pavilions were absent, including the United States, the world’s largest arms exporter. Ad“The threats are obvious lately,” said Walid Abukhaled, CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company, a holding company owned by the country’s sovereign wealth fund. “If Iran goes into a major rearmament program or starts to flex its muscles, that’s where missile defense and air defense systems come in,” he said.
Queer online series meets eager Russian LGBTQ audience
This image released by Fancy Production shows actors Dmitry Simonov as Lyosha and Arsen Khandzhyan as Roma in a scene from the "Here I come" web series in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Fenochka says his web series about queer young people is important for LGBTQ people in Russia, which bans gay "propaganda" among minors. (Fancy Production via AP)MOSCOW – Russian film director Andrei Fenochka says his online series about queer young people is important for LGBTQ people in a country that bans gay “propaganda” among minors. Fenochka's “Here I Come” series that debuted last fall is marked as only available to people older than 18 in accordance with Russian law. “It is important for them to feel that they are not alone, they are not in isolation, they are not banned.
6 suspected militants killed in Russia's Chechnya
Kadyrov said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that his forces have killed six suspected militants, including a warlord accused of organizing a 2011 suicide attack at a Moscow airport. He claimed that the raid marked the elimination of the last group of militants that remained in the region. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, file)MOSCOW – Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader said Wednesday that his forces have killed six suspected militants, including a warlord accused of organizing a 2011 suicide attack at a Moscow airport. After Umarov's death, Byutukayev became the leader of militants in Chechnya and swore allegiance to the Islamic State group. Despite Kadyrov’s relentless crackdown on suspected extremists, some of whom have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group, militants have continued to launch sporadic attacks in Chechnya and other regions in Russia’s North Caucasus.
Officer, 2 suspects die in attack on police in Chechnya
Police and investigators work at the scene after two men attacked road police in the center of the provincial capital, Grozny, Russia, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Two brothers attacked police with knives Monday in Chechnya, killing an officer and injuring another before being shot dead, the Russian republic's leader said. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)MOSCOW – Two brothers attacked police with knives Monday in Chechnya, killing an officer and injuring another before being shot dead, the Russian republic's leader said. Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman head of Chechnya, said the men attacked road police in the center of the provincial capital, Grozny, in an attempt to seize their weapons. International human rights groups have accused Kadyrov of rampant rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings by his feared security forces.
US slaps strongman ruler of Russia's Chechnya with sanctions
MOSCOW The United States on Monday slapped the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya with sanctions over human rights violations. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has run Chechnya like his personal fiefdom, relying on his security forces to quash dissent. International human rights groups have accused Kadyrov and his lieutenants of abductions, torture and killings of their opponents. Chechen authorities have denied those accusations, and federal authorities said a probe found nothing to support the charges. The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov to stabilize Chechnya after two separatist wars, providing generous federal subsidies and dismissing international criticism of his rule.
Chechen leader blames foreign spies for slaying his critics
FILE - In this Friday, May 10, 2019 file photo, Chechnya's regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks during a meeting in Grozny, Russia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, file)MOSCOW The regional strongman leader of Russia's province of Chechnya on Thursday blamed unidentified foreign spy agencies for the recent killing in Austria of a Chechen man who criticized him. Austrian police have detained two ethnic Chechen men on suspicion of involvement in the killing, which is being investigated as a possible political assassination. On Tuesday, a group of Chechens rallied outside the Russian Embassy in Vienna to protest the killing. German prosecutors last month charged a Russian man in the brazen daylight killing in Berlin of an ethnic Chechen from Georgia.
Using 'face doubles,' a new doc captures an anti-LGBTQ purge
This undated photo provided by HBO Documentary Films shows a scene from "Welcome to Chechnya." In documentary film, the anonymous source has often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure, or worse, a pixelated blur. (HBO Documentary Films via AP)Anonymous sources in documentaries have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure or worse, a pixelated blur. In the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia ruled by strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, LGBTQ Chechens have been detained, tortured and killed. The face doubles were shot on a blue screen stage and converted into algorithms that, with machine learning, could digitally mask the subjects of the film.
Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia has stabilized
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on education via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Speaking during a video conference with top officials, Putin pointed at the decreasing number of new infections in Moscow and other regions. Putin noted that the country's hospitals are capable of accommodating over 165,000 coronavirus patients, and they are currently two-thirds occupied. Russian officials have rejected the claim, saying that the low toll reflected efficient preventative measures and broad testing. Russian officials have rejected the claim, saying that the Russian approach is more accurate and is in full conformity with the World Health Organizations guidelines.
Were expendable: Russian doctors face hostility, mistrust
In this handout photo taken from video footage, medical workers record s video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Armavir, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Instead of applause, they face mistrust, low pay and even open hostility. Official statements and news reports in more than 70 Russian regions show that at least 9,479 medical workers have been infected with the virus in the past month, and more than 70 have died. Health workers say they haven't gotten bonuses the government promised them for working with coronavirus patients. In early April, Putin personally promised generous bonuses to monthly salaries about $1,100 for doctors, $680 for nurses and paramedics, and $340 for orderlies.