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Chechnya’s Kadyrov, a Putin ally, wants to be a mercenary

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Ryan Robertson

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The private military company Wagner Group is gaining more notoriety in Russia and pro-Russian countries. The mercenary group is even inspiring the leader of Chechnya to one day form his group of soldiers for hire.

Ramzan Kadyrov is the head of the Chechen Republic. He’s close allies with Vladimir Putin, and a strong supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There are even reports he sent three of his underage sons to fight in the war, another potential war crime on his resume.

Over the weekend, Kadyrov posted on the Telegram social media platform that after he decides to leave government, he plans to start his own mercenary force to compete with the Wagner Group, headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin.

In the post, Kadyrov called Prigozhin a “dear brother.” Kadyrov also posted, “We can say confidently that Wagner has shown its mettle in military terms and drawn a line under discussions about whether or not such private military companies are needed.”

46-year-old Kadyrov has led Chechnya for the last 15 years. He’s also a colonel general in the Russian military.

However the Chechen forces, led by Kadyrov, don’t fight under the command of the top Russian generals. Instead, Kadyrov’s military operates in a largely autonomous fashion in Ukraine, similar to how Prigozhin operates Wagner.

Previously, Kadyrov said once the fighting in Ukraine is over, he wants to take his invasion force to Poland, and continue fighting to denazify the region.

While he’s always supported Putin, Kadyrov’s vocal criticisms of Russia’s military leadership is growing. Western intelligence outlets said there’s a growing rift between Russia’s military leadership and private military companies like Wagner.

The rise in popularity of mercenary forces outside traditional Russian military command structures could one day pose a threat to Russian stability. But Kadyrov said both the organized military and private military companies are needed and necessary.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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FOR WEALTHY PUTIN ALLIES WHO ARE ALSO INTENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF INNOCENT LIVES, APPARENTLY THE NEW COOL THING TO DO IS BECOME THE LEADER OF YOUR OWN MERCENARY FORCE.

RAMZAN KADYROV IS THE TYRANT HEAD OF THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC. HE’S CLOSE ALLIES WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND A STRONG SUPPORTER OF RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. THERE ARE EVEN REPORTS HE SENT THREE OF HIS UNDERAGE SONS TO FIGHT IN THE WAR, ANOTHER POTENTIAL WAR CRIME ON HIS BLOODY RESUME.

OVER THE WEEKEND, KADYROV POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT AFTER HE DECIDES TO LEAVE GOVERNMENT, HE PLANS TO START HIS OWN MERCENARY FORCE TO COMPETE WITH THE WAGNER GROUP, HEADED BY YEVGENY PRIGOZHIN.

KADYROV PRAISED PRIGOZHIN, CALLING HIM A DEAR BROTHER. KADYROV POSTED ‘WE CAN SAY CONFIDENTLY THAT WAGNER HAS SHOWN ITS METTLE IN MILITARY TERMS AND DRAWN A LINE UNDER DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT SUCH PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES ARE NEEDED.”

THE 46-YEAR-OLD KADYROV HAS LED CHECHNYA FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS. HE’S ALSO A COLONEL GENERAL IN THE RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES. BUT HE DOESN’T FIGHT UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE TOP RUSSIAN GENERALS. INSTEAD, HIS FORCES IN UKRAINE ARE LARGELY AUTONOMOUS, SIMILAR TO HOW PRIGOZHIN OPERATES.

PREVIOUSLY, KADYROV SAID ONCE THE FIGHTING IN UKRAINE IS OVER, HE WANTS TO TAKE HIS INVASION FORCE TO POLAND, AND CONTINUE FIGHTING TO DENAZIFY THE REGION.

WHILE HE’S ALWAYS SUPPORTED PUTIN, KADYROV’S VOCAL CRITICISMS OF RUSSIA’S MILITARY LEADERSHIP IS GROWING. WESTERN INTELLIGENCE OUTLETS SAY THERE’S A GROWING RIFT BETWEEN THE RUSSIA’S MILITARY AND PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES LIKE WAGNER. BUT KADYROV, PERHAPS IN A MOVE TO SAVE FACE WITH PUTIN, SAID BOTH THE ORGANIZED MILITARY AND PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES ARE NEEDED AND NECESSARY.

WE HAVE MORE UNBIASED, STRAIGHT FACTS ABOUT KADYROV AND RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE, AT STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS DOT COM.