VLADIMIR Putin’s warlord crony Ramzan Kadyrov has been forced to deny he is terminally ill amid intense speculation over his health.
The 46-year-old Chechen brute also revealed a mystery object on his finger was not a panic button or a medical device but a prayer counter.
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The Chenchen warlord revealed the mystery object on is finger[/caption]
The brutal Kadyrov keeps an iron grip on the region he rules[/caption]
Kadyrov recently met Putin in a bizarre encounter during which the Russian leader clutched a table as his warlord nervously fumbled his notes.
Footage shows him shaking as he talks to a puffy-looking Putin, who grabs onto the table with a vice-like grip while talking.
He reportedly feared he had been poisoned just weeks ago after it is reported he became seriously ill with kidney problems.
But in a social media post he insisted he was “healthy and full of energy”.
“For those who console themselves with the hope that I am terminally ill, I am sorry to upset you.
“I go in for sports, go to the mountains, where I make hiking trips.”
He also cleared up what was on his finger which he is always seen wearing, even when he met Putin.
“Our enemies think it’s some kind of medical device. Look, it’s an electronic [prayer] counter,” explained the devout Muslim.
He vowed to “continue to crush all evil spirits” and continue to rebuild Chechnya, ravaged by two wars after the Soviet Union collapsed.
A translation by BBC journalist Francis Scarr reveals Kadryrov repeatedly uses the Chechen filler word “don” as he appears to struggle with pronunciation during his meeting with Putin.
Kadyrov is seen as one of Putin’s closest allies – and has sent thousands of fighters to his war in Ukraine.
The father of at least 14 children is a colonel-general in Putin’s National Guard and last year said he was sending three of his sons to fight in Ukraine.
As well as being a brutal warlord, Kadyrov is also a millionaire influencer who loves to flaunt his cash and hang out with celebrities.
The ruthless Prada-sporting tyrant – with a penchant for torture, murder, kidnapping and anti-gay purges – has an estimated fortune of up to £150million.
Kadyrov once operated an Instagram account which he used to show off his fortune before he was banned – but he keeps his “fans” updated via Russian social media and on Telegram.
Experts have said told The Sun his obscene wealth is nothing but blood money as he has been kept in his lifestyle with bonuses from Putin in return for keeping an iron grip on Chechnya.
The rumours over Kadyrov developed amid a several unexplained absences and reports he was being treated by a top kidney specialist from the United Arab Emirates, Dr Yasin Ibrahim El-Shahat.
Several sources claimed his condition may have been caused by poisoning.
Amid his absence Putin held a mysterious one-to-one meeting with Kadyrov’s 17-year-old son and heir Akhmat.