New video of Chechen leader Kadyrov emerges online
Ramzan Kadyrov's personal Telegram channel has posted a video allegedly filmed on September 20, with the Chechen leader himself claiming to be "alive and well"
The video was published on the Kadyrov_95 channel.
In the video, Kadyrov reportedly visits his uncle in the hospital - the doctor states that the clip is dated September 20. The commentary to the video states that Ramzan Kadyrov himself is healthy, and that the media are allegedly spreading lies.
"I would also like to comment on the rumors regarding my health. Praise be to God, I am alive and well, and I don't understand why there should be a fuss even if I am ill. Although there is a plus side to this - now the audience knows which media outlets and which personalities are openly lying to their readers," he said in the post.
Rumours of Kadyrov's death
On September 15, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Andriy Yusov, said that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's illness had worsened. According to him, Kadyrov is in a serious condition.
This information about the critical condition of the head of Chechnya was confirmed by various sources. At the same time, it was emphasized that it was not an injury.
Subsequently, on September 17, a video appeared on Kadyrov's Telegram channel in which the head of Chechnya responded to previous statements about his serious condition.
In the video, Kadyrov walks in the rain and advises everyone "who cannot distinguish truth from lies" to do the same.
At the same time, the media reported that the Chechen leader's plane had been in Moscow for three days. It was noted that the business jet with the number RA-73417 took off from Grozny towards Moscow on September 15 and stopped transmitting a signal in the sky over Volgograd, and flight tracking services did not record its landing.
In addition, the VCHK-OGPU Telegram channel, which is close to Russian law enforcement agencies, reported that most of the vehicles currently on the territory of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Russian Presidential Administration are connected to Chechnya.
On September 18, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had no information about Kadyrov's possible illness.
On September 19, Mykhailo Prytula, a military expert and retired SBU colonel, said that Kadyrov's death can lead to serious consequences in the Caucasus, including for the Russian authorities.
Meanwhile, Aleksey Baranovsky, a communications adviser to the Russian opposition and the Freedom of Russia Legion, believes that the threat to Kadyrov could have come from the FSB. Putin would never give any order to neutralize him.