Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov is the world's most social media savvy dictator and a regular poster of bizarre photos on Facebook's Instagram service.
The one-time insurrectionist rebel turned game keeper for the Kremlin, Kadyrov is well known as a bit of a loose cannon, who clearly sees himself as a Muzhik, or 'real man.Ó
Kadyrov has posted pictures of himself dressed as Genghis Khan, wresting with his pet tiger, chasing ostriches, sporting an AK-47, and tomfooling with his friends among other things - all not particularly presidential behaviour.
Most of the photos are under the Instagram user alihan777, who has posted 301 photos of Kadyrov since November 2012. Kadryov has not admitted the account is his own, but the president's office is not denying it either. Moveover, Kadyrov hastweetedlinks to the Instagram photos from his official Twitter account on several occasions.
Kadyrov was recently named one of the world'smost media savvy dictatorsby Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL).
"Kadyrov covers quite an array of subjects on his Twitter account," RFERLreported. "In just 140 characters, he has alternately praised the Russian press, mourned the death of his grandfather, congratulated a Twitter user on the birth of his child, and fired off quite a few shout-outs, including one to Sergei Shoigu, Russia's new defense minister,Ó the news service said.