Chechen leader threatens 20 women detained at anti-war rally in Chechnya: Their children and husbands to be sent to fight in Ukraine

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ALONA MAZURENKO – WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2022, 20:58

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic [a federal subject of the Russian Federation - ed.] said that the 15-20 women who took part in an anti-war rally in the city of Grozny [the capital of Chechnya - ed.] have been detained. They are being threatened with their husbands and sons being sent to fight in Ukraine.

Source: Kadyrov on Telegram; Kavkaz.Realii

Details: Kadyrov wrote that the sons of three of the women are already taking part in hostilities in Ukraine. For two of them, these are their only sons.

Quote from Kadyrov: "At first, we said that if they only had one son, we wouldn’t take them. I don’t know how it happened that two of them sent their only sons.

Another 15-20 women who were paid a pittance by European organisations [Kadyrov is insinuating that the women were paid to take part in anti-war demonstrations - ed.] were also [at the rally]. When they were asked why they were at the square [at the rally] today, they started asking questions about property, utilities, and social issues.

I told them that if their men cannot provide for a dignified life today and tomorrow, these men have to be deployed in the special military operation [the Russian government’s euphemism for the war in Ukraine - ed.]."

Details: Kadyrov has not provided any evidence that the women received payments from "European organisations".

He called on the residents of Chechnya to refrain from attending anti-war protests. He said that those who will join the protests despite his plea will be deemed "enemies of the people"; Kadyrov wants to send them to the areas where fights are taking place.

The Chechen leader also claimed that in Chechnya, there has not been a single case of refusal to participate in the war, and all the soldiers deployed in Ukraine went of their own accord.

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