(ANSA) – ROME, JAN 19 – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has criticized the decision of the new Russian army commander in Ukraine Valery Gerasimov to ban soldiers from wearing beards, in a fresh clash with the Russian military leadership.
According to Moscow Times reports, after his appointment, Gerasimov would have banned the use of modern devices such as phones and tablets and urged the Russian army to urgently shave their beards. And in an interview with the news site RBC, Viktor Sobolev, member of the Russian parliament, defended the ban on long beards as “an elementary part of military discipline”.
Kadyrov responded to Sobolev’s remarks by speaking of a “clear provocation” and stating that his soldiers, mostly Muslims, wear beards as part of their religious duty, “only out of love for the Almighty, as our beloved Prophet,” reports Rbc .
After the criticism, Sobolev replied that he was not against beards in the military, but against disorder in the military. (HAND).
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