Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has appointed his teenage son as his top bodyguard after he beat an inmate in a Russian prison.
15-year-old student Adam Kadyrov will oversee the protection of a number of officials and VIPs, as well as his father.
Warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, 46, is one of Vladimir Putin’s most loyal allies, but is expected to test the 71-year-old dictator’s patience – quite deliberately, as he senses weakness in those around him.
The Chechen leader – or Putin’s “attack dog” – recently posted a video on social media in which Adam can be seen punching and kicking a 19-year-old prisoner accused of burning the Koran.
Adam condemned the attack in part, but in Russian termsLaw enforcement authorities took no action against him.
Kadyrov, meanwhile, awarded his son the republic’s highest award, the Hero of Chechnya medal, boasting: “He did well, he behaved like a real man.”
Adam is one of Kadyrov’s 14 children, whom he shares with three polygamous wives.
The teenager was immediately congratulated by senior ministers from across the oil-rich region on his appointment to the post once held by his father.
In 2015, Kadyrov the Elder ordered Chechen security forces to “kill” if they encountered police officers from other parts of Russia on the territory of the Chechen Republic.
Kadyrov said at the time: “I want to say officially: open fire if someone from Moscow or Stavropol, no matter where, appears on your territory without your knowledge.”
“We are a force to be reckoned with… If you are master of your territory, you must control it.”
Hundreds of security guards now have to answer to the younger Kadyrov, who turns 16 later this month.
Minister of National Policy Akhmed Dudayev said: “I sincerely congratulate Adam Kadyrov on his appointment to an important position in the security service of the head of the Chechen Republic.”
Health Minister Adam Alkhanov echoed Dudayev’s sentiments, adding: “Adam Kadyrov, despite his young age, already has extensive practical experience, but most importantly, he has the strong spirit of a real and courageous warrior.”
Adam’s appointment comes as Kadyrov recovers from a serious illness and rumors circulate that he has undergone a successful kidney transplant.
He was previously reportedly in a critical condition in a coma after suffering from a “mystery illness” – fighting for his life as his “existing illnesses” worsened.
Some have claimed he was terminally ill.
Kadyrov’s daughter and Adam’s sister Aishat, 24, was named deputy prime minister of Chechnya last month.
About 30 percent of the Chechen government is said to come from Kadyrov’s clan, with five deputy prime ministers of the Russian republic being close relatives of his.
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Britain and the United States have imposed sanctions on Kadyrov, who is accused of “leading a government complicit in enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.”
The Chechen leader boasts that he is more heavily sanctioned by the West than any other figure in the world.