Kadyrov's son appointed as an observer in the new battalion
Adam Kadyrov, the 16-year-old son of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was filmed this year beating a prisoner in custody, has been appointed as an observer in a new battalion that is part of the Russian Defense Ministry's forces, reports say. Reuters.
Adam, who turned 16 last week and was recently appointed as his father's chief bodyguard, was filmed in September punching and kicking a prisoner accused of burning a Koran. Ramzan Kadyrov, a staunch ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said at the time that he was proud of his son and respected Adam because he had acquired "the ideals of honor, dignity and defense of his religion."
Adam Delimkhanov, who heads the Chechen division of the Russian National Guard and is also a member of the Russian parliament, said the young Kadyrov was appointed as a firing squad observer.
"This appointment is a natural result of Adam's significant merits in maintaining the religious, family and cultural values of our people," said Delimkhanov, who is considered the second-highest official in Chechnya after Kadyrov.
According to Russian state media, a Chechen firing squad was formed earlier this month. It is now part of the forces of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled Chechnya since 2007, has sent thousands of his fighters into Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.