Russian ally Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, has called for Putin‘s army to ‘denazify and demilitarise’ Poland.
In a rant on the social network Telegram on Monday the Russian native observed that Poland had depleted its military resources and would now be asking: ‘What if, after the successful completion of the [special military operation], Russia begins to denazify and demilitarise the next country?
‘After all, after Ukraine, Poland is on the map!’
He continued: ‘Frankly, I personally have such an intention, and […] the fight against Satanism should continue throughout Europe and, first of all, on the territory of Poland.’
He suggested that the historical region of Silesia, mostly in Poland, had ‘earned a special independent status’ and needed a referendum, ‘during which Russia can provide organisational assistance’.
Russian ally Kadyrov (left) has sent units from Chechnya to support Putin’s (right) war effort
Russian tanks in a parade to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad last week
Kadyrov is the son of the 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 aligned the republic closely with Russia.
Several Chechen battalions have fought alongside Russian forces in the war in Ukraine, directed by Kadyrov.
Notably, battalions made up of anti-Kadyrovite volunteers have also fought with Ukraine.
Kadyrov has supported Putin’s invasion of Ukraine since the start of the war, pledging the republic would ‘carry out [Putin’s] orders under any circumstances’ on 26 February 2022.
Within days he urged military commanders to bombard Russia into submission, ‘shut your eyes to everything’ and finish the war ‘within a day or two’.
Almost 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 have been wrong, the West will fall to its knees, and, as usual, European countries will have to cooperate with the Russian Federation in all spheres.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) pictured with Chechen ally Ramzan Kadyrov (right)
Kadyrov has proven a devout loyalist to Putin, echoing his rallies against the West.
However, the Chechen warlord has also been an occasional liability to Russia.
During the war, he advocated ‘wiping out‘ Ukrainian cities.
Throughout his tenure as leader, Kadyrov has repressed his own people, accused of human rights violations and the persecution of LGBT people in the republic.
Before the war, he made headlines in the West for his comments supporting the honour killing of gay men.
He said: ‘We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have any gays.’
Moreover, footage in 2017 showed Chechen prisons used for the detention and torture of gay men.
Kadyrov vowed in his inauguration address in 2021 for his fourth term to ‘protect human rights’ after winning 99.7 per cent of the vote, backed by Putin.
Within a year, he said his ‘time [had] come‘ and suggested he would resign.
The leader also said ‘my time has passed‘ and hinted at finding a successor weeks before the election in 2016.
Even if the controversial leader would want to step down, onlookers including Putin would fear the possible descent into another Chechen war.