Nadin Brzezinski
5 min readSep 17, 2023

First, let me start by stating we don’t know whether Ramzan Kadyrov is alive. But Russian Telegram has been awash, first with Kadyrov being in a coma. Now that he has died. So here I am, not ready to say that he is dead for sure. However, some interesting patterns are emerging.

The first is about him being no longer among the living. Under Muslim law, he should be buried before sundown. So a video appeared earlier in the day, soon followed by a video, lacking metadata, of him running at Grozny. The screengrab above is from that video. It came out right after this broke through some channels, and the rumors started last night:

Kadyrov died — Chechen human rights defender Abubakar Yangulbayev

Then we had a nice denial. This is hardly an unusual pattern in Russia. Here is it.

1ADAT confirms that Kadyrov is alive.

“In general, let’s close the topic about these gossips about Kadyrov’s alleged death, since they are already pretty boring.”

Russia is a strange place in this respect. When people die who are essential to the stability of the systema, their deaths are carefully managed. If you are old enough, you surely will remember the end of Yury Andropov. They dragged the official announcement for weeks.

They did the same with Leonid Brezhnev. One way Western intel knew they were dead before the playing of Swan Lake was jokes in the streets. Which brings me to this one:

Kind of sad. Something happened?


Cryptic, yes. But this is how these jokes start to appear. They all point to the current unmentionable event. Russia is good at controlling these events. Over the last hundred years, she has gotten a lot of practice.

Now, there are a few other posts that I would like to highlight. They point to somebody being near death or already dead. The first is this, mind you, is helicopters that already went back to the Kremlin:

In Moscow there is some unprecedented excitement around the Kremlin. Two helicopters were spotted over Muzeon in central Moscow, where a no-fly zone is in effect.

Reportedly, they also flew to the airport, making you wonder exactly what is happening. However, the cherry on top is this post…



Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB