May 23, 2013

Chechnya: Awesomest Republic in Russia!

Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, Elizabeth Hurley, and fluffy kitten
From Hollywood Reporter:
Depardieu Defends Chechnya, Says Boston Bombers Were 'Raised American' 
8:37 AM PDT 5/22/2013 by Nick Holdsworth 
MOSCOW -- Gallic actor Gerard Depardieu’s PR-heavy return to Russia – where he is due to shoot a revenge thriller Turquoise set in Chechnya -- has continued on a controversial tone when he spoke out about the Boston bombers.

Depardieu, who arrived in Chechen capital Grozny with co-star British actress Elizabeth Hurley, said the ethnic-Chechen Tsarnaev brothers ... had been raised American and the outrage could not be blamed on Chechnya. 
The actor, who earlier this year took Russian citizenship to avoid planned wealth taxes of 75 percent in France – and is now reported to have signed up for a special 6 percent flat tax rate designed for entrepreneurs, said: “... You Chechens don't carry any responsibility at all.” 
His comments came just hours before the FBI shot and killed a Chechen man who was being questioned in connection with the Boston bombings. ...
Depardieu's remarks Tuesday, at a press conference where he was seen socializing with Kadyrov, came just days after his arrival in Russia when he had compared Russian president Vladimir Putin to staunch anti-Communist Pope Jean Paul II, seemed designed to draw more attention to his movie projects in Russia. 
Turqoise is a French production directed by Philippe Martinez and produced by Arnaud Frilley, which started shooting in Grozny Saturday. 
Depardieu plays an ex-gangster whose son is killed and comes to Russia to avenge him, where he meets up with an old girlfriend, played by Hurley and a Chechen friend. ...
The French actors friendship with Kadyrov – who has been accused of widespread human rights abuses and murder, made for an uncomfortable exchange with members of the international press who flew to Grozny to meet Depardieu. 
Martinez flew into a rage when asked to comment on parallels between the film's revenge theme and alleged revenge killings of Kadyrov's enemies. 
"I am ashamed you are asking that question,” Martinez said according the British newspaper The Independent – which is owned by former Russian KGB officer Alexander Lebedev. “Gerard Depardieu and Elizabeth Hurley are making a movie in Chechnya! And you're asking questions of a political nature! I don't event want to answer.”

When the Bomb Brothers were revealed to be Chechens, I pointed out that Chechens fascinated the great Russian writers Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn. But, I was widely informed, that's stereotyping.

Here's the thing, though: Chechens love acting stereotypically Checheny.

21 comments:

gubbler, champion of all things checheny(except criminality) said...

What a people. Even a funny looking Chechen looks more handsome and manlier than most SWPL dweebs.

Dave Pinsen said...

Let's see: Elizabeth Hurley is 5'7.5", maybe she's wearing 3 inch heels in that pic and Ramzan's wearing 1 inch heels. So he's maybe 5'9.5"? And ruling the most awesome republic in Russia. What says Whiskey?

Kibernetika said...

But they, Chechens, are not Russian, as you know :)

Anonymous said...

"Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov"

Looks white to me!

Well, I'm entirely of European descent, and he looks whiter than me.

a Newsreader said...

What a kitten! Who can be against immigration now?

Sooo flufffyyyyy....

DYork said...

They aren't Chechens. The mother isn't Chechen and they have never been to Chechnya as far as I know.

They seem to be part of the global stereotype of dumb 20 something males who get wound up by some muslim preacher either at a local mosque or over the Internet.

Harry Baldwin said...

Meeting Liz Hurley tonight:

1. Wear red shirt.
2. Toss $100 bills at her.
3. Hand her white kitten.

Score!!!

PS--Remind henchmen to dispose of all kittens over 6 weeks old and bring in fresh batch. Heather Graham dropping by in June.

Steve Sailer said...

"They aren't Chechens."

I bet the Bomb Brothers identify more with their dad's awesomest Chechen ethnicity than with their mom's indistinct Dagestani ethnicity. Wouldn't you?

eah said...

They should change the name to Chechnyastan -- both for more uniformity and then maybe companies would come and look for oil there.

Dave Pinsen said...

The Russians ever think of raising their own brigade of Chechen shock troops, like the British did with their Gurkhas?

Anonymous said...

I suppose that Steve is right about Chechen mentality. But we shouldn't forget that a lot of Chechnya-bashing today is, in fact, Russia-bashing or, to be precise, Putin-bashing. Putin is still the enemy No.1 for western big businesses because he prevents them from getting a grip an Russian oil and gaz.

Anonymous said...

Gypsies acting Chechney too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7CQ19uNF28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ern2N6_el6Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdJBuouwY

Anonymous said...

Chechuban

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZgE_sUrXFY

Dave Pinsen said...

"Putin is still the enemy No.1 for western big businesses because he prevents them from getting a grip an Russian oil and gaz."

Exxon Mobil signed a deal with Russia's Rosneft to jointly develop some Black Sea fields two years ago.

"Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson announced the deal with Rosneft Chairman Igor Sechin, who is also Russia's deputy prime minister..."

Anonymous said...

Santa's helper on steroids.

Anonymous said...

"They aren't Chechens. The mother isn't Chechen and they have never been to Chechnya as far as I know."

Genes.

RD said...

The Russians ever think of raising their own brigade of Chechen shock troops, like the British did with their Gurkhas?

There are Chechen spetsnaz units.

Trying to recruit Chechens can be dangerous though:

Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili, it appears, also has been messing with the Chechens. He reportedly trained a company of Chechen rebel fighters for action in the North Caucasus in 2012, but events went awry. During Tbilisi’s 2008 war with Russia, the rumor of Chechen GRU Battalion Vostok’s presence in an area was enough to put Georgian troops to flight.

Source:

Meet the Chechens

Anonymous said...

Gall darn Depardieu, stereotyping Americans.

gubbler, champion of all things checheny(except criminality) said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsZ5MsgdlSw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4Q7z1Xii0

Italians acting Italiany.

Anonymous said...

U guys are so stupid im chechen nationality and russia has nothing to do with chechnya we r different!

Anonymous said...

Stupid russians made us so aggressive because of the two big wars against russia but we still win this war ;)