One of Vladimir Putin's most feared and reviled warlords has been pictured smiling with Russian troops after arriving in Ukraine.
Chechen mercenary Ramzan Kadyrov, 45, has a fierce and terrible reputation and is accused of serious human rights violations – which he denies.
His deployment in Ukraine is just the latest example of Russia pulling out all the stops to carve out some success in their faltering invasion.
In a series of pictures, Kadyrov can be seen posing by a flag bearing his face with a group of armed men in a base.
The caption read: "Kadyrov arrived in Ukraine with his children and colleagues."
Kadyrov, 45, is currently the head of the Chechen Republic and has been since 2007 when he followed in his father Akhmat Kadyrov's footprints.
Kadyrov's power is particularly reliant on Putin as an estimated 80% – this figure reported in 2017 – of the region's budget is given to them by the Kremlin.
This money has been used for his own lavish lifestyle, huge building projects and an army of loyal paramilitaries under his control.
And under Kadyrov's rule life has not been good for the ordinary people in the Chechen Republic.
In 2017, reports alleged that gay Chechens were being rounded up and tortured. His representatives denied the claims and said: "There are no homosexuals in Chechnya. You cannot detain and persecute those who do not exist."
However these people do exists and the brutal dictator's treatment of them is well known and has resulted in sanctions.
The despot is unable to visit the UK and once saw fit to whine about the sanctions placed on him.
He said: "I just want to visit. To walk around London, enjoy the views of the Thames from Tower Bridge, look at Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, wander around Trafalgar Square, to reminisce in Hyde Park and to indulge high-minded thoughts in the National Portrait Gallery."
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Despite his seemingly innocent pleas, reports, disappearances and torture as a result of crackdowns in Chechnya are common and he was also sanctioned by the US in 2020.
NGO Human Rights Watch said: "For more than a decade, under Kadyrov’s rule and with the Kremlin’s support, all forms of dissent in Chechnya have been ruthlessly eradicated.
"Egregious cases of torture, public humiliation, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by local law enforcement and security agencies under Kadyrov’s de facto control have never been effectively investigated. Moscow efficiently covers up for the crimes perpetrated by Chechen authorities."
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