Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov Advocates for Extreme Measures Against Criminals' Families

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.02 - 2024 8:38 PM CET

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Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov Advocates for Extreme Measures Against Criminals' Families.

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The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, known as 'Putin's bloodhound,' has once again sparked controversy with his recent remarks. Known for his ruthless stance against those who oppose his views, Kadyrov's history of harsh statements and actions continues to raise concerns internationally.

In a statement dating back to 2017, Kadyrov told HBO, as reported by PinkNews, that families should commit 'honor killings' against homosexual members. Nearly seven years later, Kadyrov has shifted his focus from the LGBTQ+ community to the relatives of criminals.

Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, shared a video on the social media platform X, showcasing Kadyrov's alarming new policy. In the footage, taken during a large meeting, Kadyrov is heard stating that if a criminal cannot be found, their family members will be targeted instead.

Kadyrov's exact words were:

"If someone infringes on public safety, an officer or a tourist, and if we don't even find the offender, we won't keep looking for them, but we will definitely find their relatives. As is customary from time immemorial, if one of the relatives has done wrong and the criminal cannot be found, their brother, their father would be killed."

This statement has sparked a wave of reactions online, with users expressing shock and comparing Kadyrov's policy to terrorist tactics and North Korean policies. Comments like "-omg how can they do this to relatives," "Spoken like a true terrorist," and "Welcome to the middle ages" flooded the comment section, reflecting widespread disbelief and condemnation.

Interestingly, one user pointed out the potential implications of Kadyrov's policy on his own family, referencing an incident where Kadyrov's son was seen assaulting a Russian prisoner.

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