Many Arab states have small Chechen minority communities-established in the 19th century after Russia invaded the Caucasus. Today, Chechens often make the news for being represented among the world’s jihadist groups, including the former leader of Daesh (ISIS)’s military in Syria Omar al-Shishani-a half-Chechen from Georgia killed by a US airstrike in March. Perhaps the most famous Chechen on Instagram is Ramzan Kadyrov: head of the Chechen Republic with over 1.8 million followers of his @kadyrov_95 account. The leader of Russia’s autonomous Chechen region recently made headlines when he posted on Instagram about his missing cat, was made fun of by John Oliver for it, and then in turn mocked the HBO host back. Kadyrov holds no shame on his Instagram, regularly boasting of his love for boxing, his Islamic faith, Chechnya, and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Let’s take a look at how Kadyrov is celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on the social networking site.
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