Ramzan Kadyrov. Why else would a court award him damages in his case against Oleg Orlov? Of course, the likelihood of getting shot if they did not rule in Kadyrov’s favour could also be a factor. And does Ramzan really need that money? One of his horses is probably worth 10 times that (if not more).
So what was the point? Symbolism, my friends. “Symbolic damages” equal symbolism. A message, if you will. And the message sent was this: I can get away with murder, and there is nothing you can do to stop me. You cannot even accuse me of it after the fact.
Once again, the question is raised: is Ramzan operating with the tacit approval of Putin or is he out of control? Or is the only person capable of at least partially controlling him Slava Surkov?