Ramzan Kadyrov’s ‘TikTok battalion’ seeks to replace Wagner in Ukraine
Chechen leader eager to signal his loyalty towards Russian president after Prigozhin’s failed rebellion
In the wake of the failed rebellion in Russia, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is positioning himself as a warlord ready to go into battle for Vladimir Putin.
俄罗斯发生未遂兵变后，车臣领导人拉姆赞•卡德罗夫(Ramzan Kadyrov)将自己定位为一名准备为弗拉基米尔•普京(Vladimir Putin)上战场的军阀。
But unlike the paramilitary Wagner group, which Moscow is now seeking to disband, Chechen special forces have earned a reputation as “TikTok fighters” more concerned with their social media appearance than battlefield successes.
Following rival warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin’s mutiny, Kadyrov has sought to emphasise his continuing close ties to Putin, posting a selfie with the Russian president on his Telegram channel on Wednesday and bragging about their meeting the day before. Yet the record of his private army has raised questions over whether the Chechen fighters will be able to provide the Russian military with support equal to that of Wagner.