Chechnya’s Kadyrov Joins Instagram

PYATIGORSK, February 20 (RIA Novosti) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has opened an official account on Instagram, a popular photo-sharing service, the Chechen government’s press service said on Wednesday.

The account, called kadyrov_95, contains a total of 78 images for the moment, the last one posted earlier on Wednesday. The image, taken from a window of a moving car, features an arch with portraits of President Vladimir Putin and Kadyrov’s father and predecessor, Akhmad Kadyrov, who was killed in an explosion in May 2004.

Other images show Kadyrov, a father of seven, embracing his children, playing with a tiger, kissing a deer, riding a horse, playing paintball and posing among spring blossoms.

President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Deputy Premier Vladislav Surkov also appear on Kadyrov’s Instagram, which has more than 2,000 followers.

The first image was uploaded on November 30 of last year, but the press service only made a statement on Wednesday, saying that Kadyrov “regularly comments on his followers’ posts.”

In June 2012, Kadyrov opened a Twitter account, @RKadyrov, which has more than 25,000 followers.

“Ramzan Kadyrov has nothing to do with other accounts in social networks [attributed to him],” the press service said.


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