“Hero of the Russian Federation” is the country’s highest award, succeeding the famous “Hero of the Soviet Union” and is awarded by the Russian President himself. The award-winning Delimkhanov has been a member of the State Duma for Putin’s United Russia party since 2007. He became known primarily during the Second Chechen War (1999-2000) as the leader of Akhmad Kadyrov, the father of today’s President Ramzan. He has been on the Interpol wanted list since 2009.
Together with the other Chechen volunteers, he moved to Ukraine in March and is said to be responsible for atrocities like those in Bucha, Irpin or Borodyanka with the volunteers known as “Kadyrowtsy”. They diligently share their “heroic deeds” on social media such as TikTok or Telegram, where Kadyrov alone has more than two million followers.
Self-marketing apparently paid off for the “butcher”: “For courage and heroism shown during a special military operation in the territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Luhansk People’s Republic and Ukraine, we award Adam Sultanovich Delimkhanov the title of Hero of the Russians Federation,” as stated in the official award document.