Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov Now ‘Voice Of The Russian People’? – OpEd. Source: Eurasia Review. (Paul Goble)

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Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov. Photo Credit: Kremlin.ru

Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov. File photo Credit: Kremlin.ru

Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov Now ‘Voice Of The Russian People’? – OpEd

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By Paul Goble

In recent weeks, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, has to the surprise of many become “the voice of the Russian people” because unlike the nomenklatura and other Russian politicians, he is not afraid to speak the truth about the problems Moscow is facing in Ukraine, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets political observer Dmitry Popov.

Unlike almost all others in the Russian political firmament, Popov continues, Kadyrov is prepared to “call a failure a failure, a retreat a retreat, a wrecker and a saboteur a wrecker and a saboteur and not come up with beautiful euphemisms” to hid the truth (mk.ru/politics/2022/10/04/pochemu-kadyrovu-pozvolyayut-govorit-pravdu-ob-oshibkakh-specoperacii-na-ukraine.html).

Kadyrov is able to do this, something the Russian people welcome, for three reasons. First, he has eliminated all competitors in Chechnya so there is no one who can conspire with Moscow against him if he does something the center doesn’t like. Second, were he to be removed, the Kremlin would face a problem that would rival the one Ukraine presents.

And third, at a time of war, Kadyrov who is a man of war is in his element and again unlike his counterparts elsewhere he and his children are prepared to take part in the conflict and thus are in a position to be taken seriously when he engages in criticism that appears to be intended to solve things rather lies and so makes the problem worse.

The Russian people see this, Popov says; and they welcome it. And so even if the words come with a Chechen accent, it is from Kadyrov that the real “voice of the Russian people is now heard.”

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at paul.goble@gmail.com .

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