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Kadyrov accuses Fedor of meddling in his family’s affairs

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In an interview with TASS.ru, Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov accused Fedor of interfering in his family’s affairs during the child MMA scandal last month. 

Fedor Emelianenko Esther Lin/All Elbows

One month removed from the child MMA scandal that shook the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov decided to revisit his conflict with Russian MMA Union president Fedor Emelianenko.

In an interview with state-funded TASS.ru, the Chechen strongman leader accused Fedor of interfering with his family’s affairs. He called the legendary Russian heavyweight “unethical” and “not a man” because of his decision to condemn the now-infamous child MMA fights that took place last October.

“"Together with a comment, he posted a photo of my small son on the Internet. And different people went on the social networks and began to insult the child,” Kadyrov explained. “Fedor could have posted the picture after the fight with Maldonado, if that is his principle! And it is not necessary to touch someone else's son. Emelianenko is not ethical and not a man. He reached into my family.”

In the aftermath of the Chechen strongman’s decision to host child MMA fights involving his three sons, Emelianenko spoke out against the illegal activity and was immediately faced with an avalanche of humiliating posts and intimidation from Chechen fighters associated to Kadyrov. A few days later, his 16-year-old daughter was attacked on her way to school in Moscow, which led many to assume that Kadyrov was involved in the attack.

The following week, deputy Minister of Sport of Russia, Pavel Kolobkov, revealed that the three fights that took place in Grozny, Chechnya on October 4 did not meet the minimum age requirement for MMA. However, Kadyrov’s MMA promotion was only given a warning in the form of a sternly-worded letter.

While it appeared as though both parties had put the scandal behind them, Kadyrov rehashed the discussion on Monday afternoon when he offered his thoughts on Fedor’s actions last month.

“"He directs amateur MMA unrelated to professional clubs, including ours. Why did he give his opinion?”