‘Enemies of the people, traitors, and lackeys’ A short guide to Ramzan Kadyrov's assorted public pronouncements
Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruler of Chechnya (which still exists, at least nominally, in the Russian Federation), is a great lover of Instagram. Also at his disposal are federal media and official state channels, where, like on social media, Kadyrov enjoys trashing Russia's anti-Kremlin protest movement on an almost daily basis. According to his many proclamations, Russia's enemies aren't just at the gates, but have already entered the castle and are conspiring with enemies beyond. The liberal opposition, human rights activists, the independent media—all “not interested in a prosperous and strong Russia,” Kadyrov says. He's said a lot of other things, too. Meduza offers the following short guide to the Chechen ruler's frightening depiction of these dastardly villains who seek to undermine the Nation That Rose From Its Knees.
Who are these rogues?
The “non-systemic opposition” (Russia's protesters—mainly the Western-leaning liberals and human-rights “obsessed” folks)
The radio station Echo of Moscow, the independent TV channel Dozhd, and the news agency RBC
By what names go they?
Enemies of the people
A pack of jackals
Jackals who dream of the destruction of our state
A bunch of vile liberals
Champions for injustice
A rabble of halfwits
What are their crimes?
Trying to undermine the situation
Trying to cash in on the difficult economic situation
Bending over backwards to gain notoriety
Playing a game invented by Western intelligence agencies
Dancing to the tune of Western intelligence agencies
Receiving handouts from Western governments, and slinging mud at and slandering our country
Broadcasting false, hypocritical statements saturated with a deep hatred of Russia
Claiming to be the conscience of the nation
Gathering around them the haters of all things Russian
Reflecting the West
Protecting the rights of a very narrow circle of people
Criticizing everything and everyone without reason
Using foul language
Foaming at the mouth
Selling their souls to Western devils
Wagging their tongues for handouts from the West
And what awaits them??
Prosecution to full extent of the law!
Double-dose injections at a psychiatric hospital in Braguny village (in Chechnya)
A “VIP room” at one of Chechnya's psychiatric hospitals
Being awarded a patient's ward and experienced doctors