VLADIMIR Putin’s so-called “attack dog”, Ramzan Kadyrov, isn’t just a brutal warlord – he’s also a millionaire influencer who loves to show off his money and hang out with celebrities.
Chechen bully Kadyrov claims he leads his forces alongside the Russian army in Ukraine and plays a key role in the bloody siege of Mariupol.
Posing with his troops in combat gear as he visits his soldiers in field hospitals, Kadyrov wants to be both the tough man and the social media sensation.
Vicious warlord Kadyrov once operated an Instagram account where he liked to flaunt his wealth before he was banned – but he keeps his “fans” informed via Russian social media and on Telegram.
Prada’s ruthless sports bully – with a penchant for torture, murder, kidnapping and anti-gay purges – has an estimated fortune of £150million.
Experts have told The Sun Online that the obscene wealth is nothing but blood money as he keeps his lifestyle with Vladimir Putin bungs in exchange for an iron grip on Chechnya.
Kadyrov has previously been pictured cuddling the crazed bully – and has been described by some as the ‘son Putin never had’.
He is believed to own a villa on the exclusive palm-shaped man-made island Palm Jumeriah in Dubai.
The warlord also has a collection of expensive cars including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini – as well as a £70million private plane, an Airbus A319.
He even has a private zoo – including tigers – near one of his mansions, and often wears a pair of £1,000 Prada boots.
And he also makes sure to be photographed with celebrities, including Hollywood star Liz Hurley, footballers Ronaldinho and Mo Salah, and boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.
Kadyrov also uses his personal slush fund to keep his three wives happy – as well as their 12 children.
His second wife, beauty queen Fatima Khazuyeva, is said to have three apartments in Moscow worth up to £3million registered in her name.
“He is an extremely unpleasant individual in the worst traditions of unrestrained sadism with unlimited power,” Keir Giles, a Russia expert at the Chatham House think tank, told The Sun Online.
He added: “He’s a feudal ruler – he gets big money and he’s told ‘we don’t care what you do with it, as long as you keep this place under control’.”
And while it is “very expensive” for Putin to maintain Kadyrov’s wealth, it is believed to cost less than having to fight wars in Chechnya to keep it in line, Mr Giles said.
The Kremlin is thought to shell out £550m every year to prop up Chechnya – much of it likely skimmed by Kadyrov whose personal power is intertwined with the state.
Kadyrov’s private plane is said to have made frequent flights recently between Chechnya, Dubai and the Maldives.
And his Dubai villa was revealed by Pravadapieced together using social media images posted by his buddies and other visitors.
The property is connected to a five-star hotel on the exclusive man-made island – also called the Beckhams’ homes.
Photos of Kadyrov having meetings at the property believed to be inside show a lavish white and gold interior with numerous photos of him on the shelves.
Other images show a Rolls Royce parked outside, and there is believed to be a small villa attached for his security forces.
It is also believed that the warlord had palaces built for him and his wives near Grozny.
And he loves gold – owning gold weapons, including a handgun and an assault rifle.
Footage from the past few days shows Kadyrov in his office also showing a jar of gold stationery on his desk, including gold scissors and gold pens.
Mr Giles said the sovereign’s brutal display of his insane wealth comes from his ‘self-absorption in his bubble’ – as he ‘has never lived a normal life and has never been in a situation where he couldn’t have what he wanted”.
And while Kadyrov can often be an “embarrassment” to Putin – he is necessary as he keeps Chechnya under his lawless control with an iron fist terrorizing his subjects through “kidnapping, rape and murder as standard practice”.
Munira Mustaffa, executive director of Hunter Group security researchers, told The Sun Online: “Kadyrov is said to have become very wealthy because of his close relationship with Putin and the Kremlin.
Putin also transferred ownership of Chechenneftekhimprom’s oil assets to Chechnya, and thus to Kadyrov, which also likely provides him with a significant source of income.
She added: “Kadyrov tells his people in Chechnya that their wealth came as a blessing from God.
“They are unlikely to be allowed to question him or verbally criticize him.”
Ms Mustaffa described Kadyrov as a “dangerous warlord” who enjoys a “symbiotic relationship” with Putin – two trusting and tolerating each other to achieve their own ends.
She said, “Kadyrov’s actions are driven by his vanity and the desire to project power, influence and significance.”
And meanwhile, Mr Giles said Kadyrov would be one of the few people who knew about the invasion of Ukraine in advance.
Chechen forces played a role – but they believe they were ineffective, apparently caring more about their image and posting videos on TikTok.
Mr Giles said the reputation of the Chechens makes them an effective intimidating force, but they do not look good, in fact fighting battles rather than just beating civilians.
The early days of the war saw a column of Chechen forces heading towards kyiv totally annihilated by the Ukrainians.
And now Kadyrov’s forces are in Mariupol trying to help the Russian army take control of the city which bravely resisted despite the horrific losses during the siege.