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Diary of a Warlord : Inside the Mind of Putins Attack Dog

Douglas Busvine

Politico EU

13 min


17 March 2022

Original Content 

It’s past midnight on March 4, and Ramzan Kadyrov sounds drunk and drugged, or maybe just depressed and angry. Eight days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the war, it seems, isn’t going to plan. In a rambling voice message lasting nearly eight minutes, the Chechen strongman — one of Vladimir Putin’s most prominent allies — bemoans the losses Russian troops are suffering.

Slurring his words as he appeals directly to Putin, Kadyrov calls on the Russian president to complete the invasion as quickly as possible: “Give our fighters the chance to use all possible — and impossible — force to finish this off once and for all.”

“Comrade President, comrade Supreme Commander in Chief, I have told you more than once that I am your infantryman. I am ready to give my life for you,” he says. “But I cannot bear to see how our fighters for the defense ministry, National Guard and other structures are dying. I appeal to you to close your eyes to everything, and to give the order to put an end to it all in one or two days. Only that will save our state and people.”

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