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Chechen ‘wild card’ Ramzan Kadyrov joins Russian war effort

By Sam Jones in Zurich, Max Seddon in Riga and John Paul Rathbone in London

15 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

Russia’s faltering war effort in Ukraine has a new face.

Garbed in combat fatigues, arm stretched out over a military map in a darkened room, Chechnya’s warlord-leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced via his Telegram channel on Sunday that he had personally joined the Russian campaign.

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