Russia: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is promoted to general by Vladimir Putin
The leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced on Wednesday that he had been promoted to the rank of colonel-general by President Vladimir Putin. Before this promotion, the authoritarian leader had already been a general three times: of the armed forces of the interior, the police and the national guard of Chechnya.
The authoritarian leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced on Wednesday that he had been promoted to the rank of colonel-general by President Vladimir Putin amid setbacks for Moscow’s armed forces in Ukraine. “The Russian President gave me the rank of Colonel General. The decree was published (…) Vladimir Vladimirovich personally informed me about it and congratulated me,” Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram, saying he was “endlessly grateful” for “the high recognition of (his) merits”.
The rank of colonel-general is the third-highest command rank in the Russian military hierarchy after army general and field marshal.
Already three times in general
Before this promotion, the Chechen leader had already been a general three times: of the armed forces of the interior, the police and the national guard of Chechnya. Ramzan Kadyrov, criticized by international NGOs for serious human rights violations in his republic, has been very active in Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive. There, Chechen units, including Ramzan Kadyrov’s sinister militia, the “Kadyrovtsy”, are fighting alongside regular Russian forces.
On Monday, Ramzan Kadyrov announced his intention to send three of his teenage sons to Ukraine, calling for the use of “low-power nuclear weapons” given the difficulties faced by Russian troops. He also criticized another Russian colonel-general, Alexandre Lapin, who is in charge of operations around Lyman, a place recently taken over by Ukrainian forces, saying he didn’t have “the communications” with the soldiers involved in the operation and the “necessary ammunition” provided defense of that city. The Kremlin on Monday praised Ramzan Kadyrov’s “heroic contribution” to the offensive in Ukraine.
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