Zapad-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Zapad-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Zapad-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Vostok-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Vostok-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Vostok-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Yug-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Yug-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Yug-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Sever-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Sever-Akhmat (78th Motorised) Regiment — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Sever-Akhmat (78th Motorised) regiment, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has mostly been active in Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended … Read more

The North Caucasus insurgency: Backgrounder

The North Caucasus insurgency: A backgrounder This backgrounder explains the evolution of the contemporary North Caucasus insurgency, from its origins in the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present day. It covers the two Chechen wars (1994-1996) and (1999-2002); the radicalisation and regionalisation of the Chechen separatist movement; jihadist state-building under the Caucasus Emirate … Read more

Adam Delimkhanov, potential successor turned Chechen kingmaker

Adam Delimkhanov, potential successor turned Chechen kingmaker State Duma Deputy for Chechnya Adam Delimkhanov will likely play a pivotal role in deciding who succeeds Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov. Adam Delimkhanov has represented Chechnya in the Russian State Duma since 2007. He is a close ally of current Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and one of the … Read more

Abuzayd Vismuradov, Chechnya’s security provider

Abuzayd Vismuradov, Chechnya’s security provider The influence of Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Abuzayd Vismuradov makes him an outside candidate to replace Chechnya’s leader. Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Abuzayd Vismuradov is a close ally of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and the media regularly identify him as one of the most influential men in the republic. His … Read more

Adam Kadyrov, Chechnya’s prince who would be king

Adam Kadyrov, Chechnya’s prince who would be king Adam Kadyrov is the inexperienced son of Chechnya’s current dictator who is being positioned as a potential successor. Adam Kadyrov, one of the sons of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, has assumed a higher public profile in recent months. This suggests that Ramzan may be positioning him as … Read more

Magomed Daudov, the Chechen regime’s enforcer

Magomed Daudov, the Chechen regime’s enforcer Chechen parliamentary speaker Magomed Daudov is a key figure in the regime of Ramzan Kadyrov but lacks an independent power base. Chechen parliamentary speaker Magomed Daudov is an important member of the inner circle of Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, and a potential candidate to replace the ailing dictator. However, … Read more