Chief mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin, head of Russia’s Central Muslim Spiritual Directorate, has pointed out that fighting alongside Russian forces in Ukraine constitutes a holy jihad for Muslims, and that any Muslim who dies in that war is a martyr.
He explained that his Spiritual Direction has issued a (mandatory) fatwa on this matter and gave examples of previous Russian victories over the Nazis and Western powers.
He asserted that the US was founded on the annihilation of Native Americans and asked: “Does this have to be repeated in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria or in Afghanistan?” Memri report.
Chechen troops of Muslim origin, characterized by their ferocity and accused of all kinds of war crimes, are already fighting on the Russian side in Ukraine. In particular, they have been present at the siege and destruction of the city of Mariupol, where a few Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are still holding out.
Chechen soldiers present in Ukraine are estimated to number more than 10,000. Its mission is to reinforce, at any cost, the Russian domination over the occupied territories. It was even speculated that one of his missions would be to assassinate the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The fidelity of the Chechen leader Ramzán Kadýrov, Putin has been rewarded, since he has been appointed lieutenant general in the National Guard of the Russian Federation. Kadýrov, faithful to his style, usually shares his activities on social networks, he has suggested to Putin that “we must finish what we started and do it quickly”.