The state of Beelzebub’s fashion preferences is unknown, but for Ukrainians and most of the world, Putin and his henchmen are plagued by the invasion of Ukraine and the suffering caused by Russian attacks on the country, which has meanwhile come up with everything it has, fighting for its freedom, arguably on a par with the devil—of that there is little doubt. It’s also undisputed that rich Russians and their minions like to surround themselves with luxuries—think of Putin’s swanky private mansion, or the stereotypical cliché of the “rich Russian” eating caviar, drinking champagne, and walking around in a fur coat. All clichés terribly worn out, oh yes – but sometimes, just sometimes, real life outshines even the most exaggerated cliché.
This is where Putin’s “pit bull” Ramzan Kadyrov (45), the President of Chechnya, comes into play. Kadyrov has the reputation of a brutal, ruthless man who is absolutely submissive to Vladimir Putin and who came into office and with dignity that way. It is also he who, as head of the Chechens, commands the dreaded special unit of soldiers and fighters who were sent to Ukraine on a special mission with the sole aim of capturing high-ranking Ukrainian officials and politicians – above all probably President Volodymyr Zelenskyj (44). to take or even to kill (the eXXpress reported – as well as about the fact that, at least at first attempt, it did not work quite as Putin and Kadyrov had imagined).
So one can imagine that Kadyrov is not a man to be eaten with – but that doesn’t mean that the top Chechen doesn’t have a penchant for the finer things in life…
On the contrary: Putin’s pit bull is certainly not a lapdog, but obviously a luxury creature who likes to show off his wealth – and also shows it off when he sends his pack of bloodhounds to war. Latest example: His footwear. It is a well-known fact that nothing escapes the Internet, and this is also and especially true in times of war – and so attentive Twitter users noticed that Kadyrov upgraded his military uniform with designer accessories during one of his recent appearances. In this case it was his black boots, which, if you look closely, clearly differ in shape and style from the combat boots of those around him, who were also in uniform. And Twitter wouldn’t be Twitter if it had also located the exact model, the price tag and the designer’s name behind the luxury slides – and lo and behold: it’s a Prada model.
(Not) a prankster who thinks of the title of a well-known book and film of the same name with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway – only that somehow you do it anyway, and without a guilty conscience: “The Devil Wears Prada”, and Kadyrov is living proof that author Lauren Weisberger was “on to something” when writing her book, as the English say – i.e. had the right nose. Unfortunately, the sad reality does not allow leaving the hell of war behind like a “hellish” job at Vogue – hopes now rest on the fact that there is a path to peace, and that of Russia is struck as soon as possible. It’s entirely up to them whether they walk around in 1,250 euro Prada boots or prefer Gucci, Dior or Chanel. It’s just supposed to be pronto, or “bystro” as the Russians call it. Please. I would ask (poprosit’ ob etom).