Russian ally Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, has called on Putin’s army to “denazify and demilitarize” Poland.
In a diatribe on the Telegram social network on Monday, the Russian resident noted that Poland had exhausted its military resources and would now ask “what if, after the successful completion of the [special military operation]is Russia starting to denazify and demilitarize the next country?
‘After all, Poland is on the map after Ukraine!’
He continued, “Frankly, I personally have such an intention, and […] the fight against satanism must be continued throughout Europe and in the first place on the territory of Poland.’
He suggested that the historical region of Silesia, mainly in Poland, had “earned a special independent status” and needed a referendum, “in which Russia can provide organizational assistance.”
Russia’s ally Kadyrov (left) has sent units from Chechnya to support Putin’s war effort (right)
Russian tanks in a parade to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad last week
Kadyrov is the son of former Chechen president, Akhmad Kadyrov, who defected to the Russian side during the Chechen war at the start of Putin’s presidency.
For more than two decades, the family has closely associated the republic with Russia.
Several Chechen battalions have fought alongside Russian troops in the war in Ukraine led by Kadyrov.
Notably, several battalions made up of anti-Kadyrovite volunteers have also fought with Ukraine.
Kadyrov has supported Putin’s invasion of Ukraine since the beginning of the war, promising that the republic would “carry out the war.” [Putin’s] orders under all circumstances’ on February 26, 2022.
Within days, he was urging military commanders to bomb Russia into submission, “close your eyes to everything,” and end the war “within a day or two.”
Nearly a year after the start of the war, he said on Tuesday that the so-called special military operation would be over by the end of the year.
“European countries will admit they were wrong, the West will fall to its knees and European countries will, as usual, have to cooperate with the Russian Federation in all areas.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) pictured with Chechen ally Ramzan Kadyrov (right)
Kadyrov has proven to be a devout loyalist of Putin, following his protests against the West.
However, the Chechen warlord has also occasionally been a liability to Russia.
During the war, he advocated the ‘wiping out’ of Ukrainian cities.
During his tenure as leader, Kadyrov has repressed his own people, accusing them of human rights violations and the persecution of LGBT people in the republic.
Before the war, he made headlines in the West for his support of honor killings against gay men.
He said: ‘We don’t have people like that here. We have no gays.’
Footage from 2017 showed Chechen prisons being used for the detention and torture of gay men.
Kadyrov vowed in his 2021 inaugural speech for his fourth term to “protect human rights” after winning 99.7% of the vote, backed by Putin.
Within a year he said his ‘time’ [had] come’ and suggested that he resign.
The leader also said ‘my time is up’ and hinted at finding a successor weeks before the 2016 election.
Even if the controversial leader were to step down, onlookers, including Putin, would fear a possible descent into another Chechen war.