This coming Tuesday, July 18th, HBO will feature one of Bloody Elbow’s own. Associate Editor Karim Zidan and his work are the backdrop for an in-depth look at Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and his use of combat sports as national propaganda.
Taking their inspiration from Zidan’s work, this episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will examine Kadyrov’s heavy investment in combat sports and how that plays a role in his leadership of Chechnya. Topics include his unsettling relationship to UFC talents like Fabricio Werdum and Magomed Bibulatov, allegations of torture, ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus, and reports of purges of gay men living in the country.
The piece promises to reveal the kind of stories that Zidan has been bringing to Bloody Elbow to a much wider audience. So, be sure to tune in on July 18th, and in the meantime revisit some of Karim’s articles.