Thursday, August 25, 2016


Cat Fight! Kadyrov Takes On Moscow Socialite In Feline Beauty Contest

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right) got into an argument with Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki about the perceived merits of their cats. (Screen shot from Kadyrov's Instagram account)
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right) got into an argument with Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki about the perceived merits of their cats. (Screen shot from Kadyrov's Instagram account)
Chechnya’s leader has not been shy about using Instagram to exhibit his strongman bonafides. Ramzan Kadyrov has bedded with tigers, straddled wolves, and sparred, quite literally, with bureaucrats.

But a photo posted on May 23 showing him cuddling up with three kittens in his Grozny palace has sparked a new battle with a top Moscow socialite.

Kadyrov announced on Twitter the next day that he and Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki had entered into an interminable debate about whose cats were cuter. 
Kadyrov’s kitten, Zazulya, a name he described as "melodious and uplifting," took on Kandelaki’s cat, Brasiliya, in a battle to see whose Instragram post would reach 5,000 likes first.

Although the Russian celebrity's 255,000 followers far outnumber the Chechen leader's, Kadyrov seemed to have had more riding on the battle -- retweeting more than 50 messages in support of Zazulya and taunting Kandelaki in the process.

"Open your eyes," he implored. "Now give this Brasiliya to someone else and get yourself a cute kitten."

Kadyrov, who said his cat was "closely following the vote," also said it would be unpatriotic to vote for a cat named Brasiliya, Russian for Brazil.   Kadyrov’s cat was the first to reach 5,000 likes and Kandelaki, a Kremlin ally who co-owns a lucrative media production business, accepted defeat.

"Of course, when you have the support of a strong man it’s much easier to win," she said. 

Installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to his post after the assassination of his father, Akhmed Kadyrov, the Chechen leader has been accused of ruling the republic with an iron fist and of committting human rights violations, including torturing opponents.

-- Glenn Kates
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
May 25, 2013 13:18
Aaah,top Nokhcho dog Caddy roff likes top soviet cats but the love of his life are his skunks-he`s gotta whole chechen squadron of kgb skunks to watch over human rights in his most demockratic and independent feudal russian colony.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 25, 2013 22:10
It is probably simple, a noble women dream her man as a tiger,
A strong man dream his lady as a fluffy-softy feminine cat.
The beauty is in eye of the beholder. He looks eager,
Maybe not intentionally, calling for "patriots" bets.

On "Zazulya" that might be an Ukraine's word?
A wider network, Empire ruling Slavic slaves?
I hope it is just a bit of Chechens in CIS world.
Tina picked neutral name, if of Georgian roots.

It looks like nothing is to argue about between,
Once friendly nations, when Georgian Queen
Was the granddaughter Of Chechen Princess,
Except, maybe, fluffy Persian "Harem-like" cat.

But Russians are dangerous - it might explain,
Considering the race war in CIS, why Kadyrov
Is careful, distancing "Zazulya" from Georgian.
All Chechen President killed just for a bit more.

Like negotiating with Russia "status" of nation,
Or name Mashadov possibly being from Mesh,
Like Litvinenko being from "Litva" during Unia,
Like "General Lecha" reminding of "Lechhumi",
Or Bashkir children killed over Czar's willage...

Russia throwing more and more "Iron Curtain"
Over the World. Former Eastern Block nations
Closing Freedom of Press and Internet Media.
My mother murdered - by Russia-CIA- Helena.

Around my residence Russia threatening again
To kill me: - "So what if he never went wedding
And go strait? So what, if he doing always right?
He betrayed our "Stat'" (Russ. - Imperial boast)!
I sentence him for that! He insulting my Empire!"

He was accompanied as usual by an USA breed
Of Levite, Chaldean snake, in name of the West:
- "If he don't want to be a scientist, he cannot live,
As we killed for that his mother - to enslave best!"

Another Russia-forged Levite instigate-undertaker?
Well, I am not a scientist, I was sentenced at age 4.
I didn't study or would allow myself be "Ah-Ah-Aher".
They simply torturing off me any form of art for hors,
Like two evil Chaldean macaques above, last night.

by: Chris from: Berlin
May 27, 2013 05:00
Can anyone explain why Kadyrov is so obsessed with Tina Kandelaki?
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
May 27, 2013 10:33
Very simple-she`s his wet dream!!!

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