How Ramzan Kadyrov Uses MMA Fighting To Cement His Power

Martial Arts, War and the New Kadyrov Dynasty

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov has begun positioning his sons not just as skilled fighters but as future politicians, and even trained soldiers, in an attempt to cement his dynastic lineage.

Chechens Fight With Ukrainians Against Russia

Chechens Fight for Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has given new life to Chechens’ long struggle against Russia. At least 1,000 Chechen soldiers are fighting on Ukraine’s side, united by their common enemy. Most are veterans of Chechnya’s two wars for independence against Moscow.

A Chechen Separatist Aims to Unseat Putin’s Man

A Chechen Separatist Aims to Unseat Putin’s Man

Chechnya's Akhmed Zakayev hopes to unseat his rival, Ramzan Kadyrov, and return himself to glory in Grozny. But his wager could easily backfire.