Photo of Chechen President with MBS Sparks Controversy

Published November 27th, 2018 - 08:40 GMT

An image for the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka MBS, with Chechen President, Ramzan Kadyrov in Abu Dhabi has been widely-shared on social media for the last couple of days.

The image showed the two strongmen along with Dubai ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed, while attending the conclusion of the Closing Round of Formula 1 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

The image captured the attention of social media mainly because of the Chechen strongman's appearance in it. It sparked anger and controversy over the relations between Kadyrov and his ally ,Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler, MBS.

Kadyrov, who is keeping hold of his powers in Chechnya, is internationally accused of human rights abuses, torture and forced disappearance. However, he was recently seen making public appearances in an attempt to whitewash his human rights violations.

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