Ramzan Kadyrov is the head (or, as some put it, the dictator) of the republic of Chechnya and is, by several accounts, a slightly scary man. He has been accused of human rights violations, believes that women belong to their husbands and his pals have an (alleged) tendency to kill his political opponents. He also loves his pets.
One of Kadyrov’s many exotic animals is a toyger, a kind of cat that is bred to look like a tiny tiger. His toyger recently escaped somehow, prompting a heartfelt Instagram post in which Kadyrov asked Chechens to please help him find it. (Do they really have a choice?) That post caught the attention of late night comic John Oliver, who went on a rant against Kadyrov.
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Oliver later tweeted a picture of himself holding a cat, asking Kadyrov “Is this your cat?” Oliver encouraged his viewers to do the same, and have they ever.
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It didn’t take long before Kadyrov had enough, responding with a Photoshopped picture of Oliver and a barely coherent paragraph on Instagram. Although his Insta-caption will make your brain hurt, he did say that this isn’t the first time the toyger has taken a temporary vacation. “It happens in spring from time to time,” Kadyrov wrote. “He also needs to meet with friends, mingle and share news.” Well, Kadyrov and the toyger will have a ton to talk about when he finally gets back.
Recently my “tiger cat” has left the house. It happens in spring from time to time. He also needs to meet with friends, mingle and share news. By cat rumors he has in our district a familiar she-cat with which he’s going to start a family. I’m sure that after spring affairs, the cat will return to native walls. Perhaps, he’ll bring his sweet love with him. I got used to share with my friends in Instagram with all news, including cat issues. And this time I didn’t want to leave as a secret the cat’s adventures. I receive lots of photos. Some people say that they saw the cat in Vladivostok, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, and even in the Oval Office of the White House! I am grateful to all, but this is NOT my cat. It became known that even the American TV channel “HBO” joined to search. The anchorman comedian – John Oliver asks millions of viewers to look for a cat. I knew long ago that in the USA unevenly breathe to my younger friends. One day horses aren’t allowed to jump, the other – a cat is a real star of a show. Oliver laments a fact that we put on t-shirts with a photo of the President of Russia – Vladimir Putin. Yes, millions of people rejoice t-shirts with the image of the national leader. For this purpose, there is a good motivation. Vladimir Vladimirovich is a wise, courageous, resolute Head, who managed to withstand unfriendly campaign, which is conducted by the USA and its assistants. Thanks to Putin, we have crushed terrorists among whom there were also citizens of the USA, and European citizens. The country directed by Obama under the guise of peacekeeping operations spark new wars and bloody internal conflicts, in which die millions of people. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria… That’s why there is nothing surprising that Oliver also got a wish to appear publicly in a T-shirt with an image of Putin, but not Obama. #Kadyrov #Russia #Chechnya #USA #HBO #Oliver #findkadyrovscat #Ihavenotseenyourcat #IHAVESEENYOURCAT A photo posted by Ramzan Kadyrov (@kadyrov_95) on