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Kadyrov unleashed on Russian ‘traitors’

 

The leader of the southern Russian republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, labelled opponents of President Vladimir Putin "enemies of the people" and called for such "traitors" to be prosecuted for subversion, claiming they were working in league with the West on Friday.

Mr Kadyrov has gone even further in an online editorial for pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia.
He offered opposition activists the services of a Chechen psychiatric hospital to treat their "mass psychosis."

"I promise we won't spare the injections. We can do double," he said.

Human rights groups have long accused him of presiding over widespread abuses in the Russian republic, and the key suspect in last year's shock shooting of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov beside the Kremlin walls had been deputy commander of one of his elite battalions. He was referred to by Ramzan as a "true patriot".

A little-known independent politician in Siberia, who raged against Ramzan on his Facebook page as the "shame of Russia".

The next day, he apologised profusely on Facebook for his "discourtesy", apparently after multiple calls from Chechnya.

Activists on Twitter then took up the Siberian's insult with the hashtag #KadyrovshameofRussia.
The backlash has only increased the tirade from Chechnya, where local politicians have been falling over themselves to express devotion to their leader.

Kremlin has remained tight-lipped throughout, prompting others to conclude that it more likely endorses Ramzan's actions.

Ramzan Kadyrov's latest outburst has resurrected the idea of an enemy within and the search for a scapegoat.

"The situation is very tense now," Mr Senchenko, explained by phone from Krasnoyarsk, pointing to Russia's mounting economic problems.

That concern is what motivated his own Facebook rage against Chechnya's leader.

"Some people really think there are enemies of the state and it's not clear what can enter their heads," he warned. "So we need to be careful."

 


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