Chechnya: Deemed ill, President Ramzan Kadyrov takes action to silence rumors

To silence rumors about his state of health, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov published a video on Monday April 22, 2024 showing him in the middle of a weight training session. Earlier in the day, an investigation revealed that he was suffering from “pancreatic necrosis”, a condition usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

The worrying state of health of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was the subject of a vast investigation published Monday April 22, 2024 in the Russian opposition media Novaya Gazeta. In order to silence rumors about his alleged weakening, the 47-year-old leader filmed himself the same day with his close guard in the middle of a weight training session, report L’Indépendant and Le HuffPost.

The worrying state of health of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was the subject of a vast investigation published Monday April 22, 2024 in the Russian opposition media Novaya Gazeta. In order to silence rumors about his alleged weakening, the 47-year-old leader filmed himself the same day with his close guard in the middle of a weight training session, report L’Indépendant and Le HuffPost.

“The busy day ended with training and positivity. Physical activity not only improves your body, but also your mood. Evening classes are a great way to relax and recharge your batteries,” reads the caption of the video posted on his VKontakte page, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. We see Ramzan Kadyrov in full effort, lifting weights and using weight machines. “Don’t forget that taking care of your health is an investment in the future,” declares the Head of State.

Visible symptoms

Earlier today, Novaya Gazeta’s investigation revealed that Ramzan Kadyrov had been suffering from “pancreatic necrosis” since 2019, probably caused by excessive alcohol consumption. According to the opposition media, the leader’s health began to “deteriorate rapidly” in the spring of 2022, with the brain gradually being affected. It was then that visible symptoms appeared: the investigation mentioned in particular “difficulties speaking”, a slow gait and a tendency “to dress too warmly for the Chechen climate”.

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