Days before ruthless Chechen warlord and Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov was reportedly hospitalized in a coma, he was accused of burying his personal doctor alive in retaliation for trying to poison him.
The Russian Telegram channel VChK-OGPU, which claims to have inside information on Russian security forces, said on September 10 that sources alleged that Elkhan Suleymanov, former deputy prime minister of Chechnya and Kadyrov’s personal doctor, had been attacked by the man called “Putin’s man.” attack dog.”
“There is talk that [Suleymanov] “He was killed and buried alive in the ground,” the channel reported, cited by Ukrainian media and Ukraine’s internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko, Newsweek reported.
Suleymanov’s death has not been confirmed, but reports say he has not been since October 2022, when he was removed from his position as deputy prime minister.
“Suleymanov was an extraordinary figure in Kadyrov’s entourage: a Lezgin, not a Chechen, and he had an impressive professional record in medicine,” Gerashchenko wrote on September 10. “His abrupt disappearance and mysterious death of him raise many questions.”
On Friday, less than a week after Kadyrov, who sent tens of thousands of his soldiers to fight in Ukraine, was accused of killing the doctor, the Chechen leader was hospitalized in critical condition, said Andriy Yusov, a representative of military intelligence. from Ukraine. Ukrainian media outlet Obozrevatel.
“It’s not about injuries. Other details require additional clarification. He has been sick for a long time and we are talking about systemic health problems,” Yusov said.
“But he has been in serious condition for a few days,” he added.
Kadyrov’s hospitalization comes after he reportedly fell seriously ill with kidney problems in March and brought the United Arab Emirates’ chief nephrologist (or kidney specialist) to Grozny, the Chechen capital, to treat him, the Kazakh journalist Azamat Maytanov.
However, despite the reports, it is unclear what Kadyrov’s condition is after he posted a cryptic message on Russian social media site VK on Friday night, along with a video of him walking with a group of people.
“The last step was different from the previous one,” reads the message on Kadyrov’s page. “Love these difficult times. Don’t forget and understand the importance of life. Unlock each other and fix things.”
Meanwhile, a popular and anonymous Chechen Telegram channel, 1ADAT, which claims to be run by “people who have been held captive by Kadryov’s forces and have endured their torture,” said they have not been able to confirm Kadyrov’s hospitalization.
“Rumors about Kadyrov’s coma and terrible condition are actively spreading online, and even the State Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine confirmed it,” the group wrote. “That is why we have to make this comment. “We are monitoring the situation, but we cannot confirm all of this yet and at this time these are rumors to us.”