“As-salamu alaykum,” says Usmayev as he greets the camera in a video show-off recorded on great river Yenisey near Dudinka in the far Russian north.
Special forces from the Russian National Guard and instructors from the Chechen Spetsnaz University are training in the region in freezing temperatures down to minus 30, he explains.
Chechen Deputy Premier Vakhit Usmayev together with Rosgvadia leader Viktor Zolotov. Usmayev operates on social media under the name @djihad_95. Screenshot from video
He ends his social media post with the words “Akhmat-Sila!”, a salute widely used in Chechnya to honor Akhmat Kadyrov, the Chechen strongman who was killed in 2004. He is the father of current Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
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