Luhansk’s New Chechen Commander Was In Psychiatric Facility Before Kadyrov Released Him: Report

Zamid Chalaev, the Chechen commander in charge of his troops in Luhansk, was taken from a psychiatric facility by the republic’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who also helped him earn the title “Hero of Russia.”

Chalaev, a 41-year-old fighter from Chechnya’s Nozhai-Yurt district, is infamous for his alleged involvement in gross human rights violations in the republic, according to Caucasus Realities, a wing of Radio Liberty.

In 2019, he became the commander of the Akhmat Kadyrov Special Purpose Police Regiment, where he previously held one of the leadership positions. Around the same time, reports began to appear about Chalaev’s brutal acts in the region.

According to a report in Novaya Gazeta, Akhmat Kadyrov’s regiment executed dozens of detainees. Details were provided to the newspaper by a former member of the regiment.

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