Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday released new video footage in which he smiled and recommended everyone practise sport, in an apparent move to quash speculation about his ill health.

Speculation has swirled for months that the hugely influential 46-year-old head of Chechnya accused by rights groups of running a "totalitarian regime" might be ill. 

On Sunday, two videos appeared on Kadyrov's Telegram channel.

Wearing a raincoat, he was seen in the first video strolling in an unidentified location. He smiled but his face appeared puffy.

In the second video he was heard speaking Chechen and then saying in Russian "practice sport."

"I strongly recommend that everyone who cannot distinguish the truth from lies on the internet go for a walk, get some fresh air and put their thoughts in order," said the words accompanying the videos.

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"The rain can be wonderfully invigorating."

It was not possible to immediately establish when the videos were recorded but the footage was published following unconfirmed reports on social media that the Chechen leader was in a coma.

Kadyrov has been one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Moscow's offensive in Ukraine and his battalions have fought alongside regular Russian forces there.

The former rebel warlord turned Kremlin ally has long referred to himself as Vladimir Putin's "footsoldier."

Elected president of Chechnya in 2007, Kadyrov has ruled majority-Muslim Chechnya with widespread evidence of extra-judicial killings and torture of his opponents.

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tpj
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I'll root for any & all germs against this walking, talking living example of war crimes. Bah.

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Imokru2
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Ah come on fellahs, such a cute little guy!

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Den Bat
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Burn in Hell Terrorist!!!!

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David
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A lot of cheap gas from Kadyrov and his Tik Tok soldiers. Unlike Prighozin , Kadyrov leads from very far behind the front lines, dressed in designer military uniforms that have never seen any dirt or mud from the trenches. He thinks he is clever, but in reality just a useless decoration at press conferences. where all his statements can be ignored. Putin really deserves parasites like Kadyrov.

Porky the Pig
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“God is not mocked: For whatever a man sows,that, also shall he reap.” Putler,Kadyrof , Prighozhin and other ruthless murderers will join Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot , Idi Amin, et al in the everlasting torment of Hell upon their deaths. God is just-and humans are eternal, being created in His image. Therefore, they will have the opportunity to pay for their sins eternally. And they will pay for each one: Putin will pay for the death and torture if the young man in Bucha found by his bicycle w his hands tied behind his back; Putin will pay for each rape snd child kidnapping; and on and on.
When these Satan-infested leaders die and stand beforeGod, there will be sheer terror as God will show each the video of his life, before the Angelic Host, on a large screen. Each “will give an account of himself” and “will be without excuse.”
These men reveled in their atrocities against mankind and refused the grace and pardon of Christ that would have made them turn away from their sin. So-they will get to pay for their own sin themselves. Hallelujah!

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