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The Chechen Republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, made the headlines in Russia by announcing that he will be playing the main character in an action film in a move very atypical of a regional Russian leader.
The project was announced on the official website of the Chechen government and on Kadyrov’s Instagram account, where he published a short clip from the movie, featuring him running across a desert landscape with a machine gun, followed by several sports utility vehicles.
“This is an action film, in which I agreed to play the main character after long negotiations,” Kadyrov said on his Instagram. “Some scenes have already been shot. The director has previously made well-known Hollywood movies, and top-level international stars are starring in the film.”
No further details of the film have been revealed, except for its title, Kto ne ponyal, tot poymet (Those Who Didn’t Understand, Will Understand).
Chechnya’s authoritarian leader is known for trying to attract international film figures to his republic. He is friends with French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu, who was given honorary Chechen citizenship and a luxurious apartment in the republic’s capital, Grozny. Eighties action star Jean-Claude Van Damme was also given an apartment in Grozny.
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