The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in his Telegram channel commented on the information distributed in a number of mass media about his serious illness and being treated in Moscow at the Central Clinical Hospital of the Office of the President of Russia.
“Thank God, I’m alive and healthy and I don’t understand at all why there should be a fuss even in the case of my illness? Although this has its own plus – now the audience knows what media and what people openly lie to their readers,” Kadyrov wrote.
At the same time, the head of Chechnya confirmed that he visited the Central Bureau of Investigation during a “working trip to Moscow”, but he did so because his uncle Magomed Abdulhamidovich Kadyrov was in the hospital. “Thank God, he is already on the mend,” Kadyrov said, publishing a video from the hospital ward to confirm his words. In the footage, Kadyrov’s closest ally, State Duma deputy Adam Delymkhanov, is standing next to him.
Rumors that 46-year-old Ramzan Kadyrov is seriously ill have periodically appeared in the media since the beginning of the year. A number of journalists drew attention to the excessive swelling of the head of Chechnya’s face, suggesting that it may be the result of treatment for oncological or kidney disease. Kadyrov himself several times refuted information about the deterioration of his health.
Last week, the publication “Vyorstka” reported that since the beginning of September, the plane belonging to Kadyrov flew to Moscow three times, and after the last time, it did not return to Grozny.
In turn, the VChK-OGPU Telegram channel, presumably connected to Russian law enforcement agencies, reported with reference to its sources that cars with Chechen license plates were driving to the Central Clinical Hospital and that they were being allowed to enter the territory without inspection.
Several Chechen opposition channels, without references to sources, claimed that Ramzan Kadyrov is in a coma, and oppositionist and human rights activist Abubakar Yangulbaev even wrote that Kadyrov had died.
- The head of Chechnya is one of the most ardent supporters of the war against Ukraine, while several times he allowed himself to criticize the Ministry of Defense of Russia. Also, Kadyrov previously supported the founder of PMC “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin, who launched a rebellion against the Russian military leadership in June and died in August under circumstances that have not yet been clarified. Shortly before the uprising, Kadyrov and Prigozhin had a quarrel.