Makers of Grozny-fire spoof video will help in cleanup

Apr 10, 2013

Two men who allegedly posted online a video making light of a skyscraper fire in Chechnya last week got a taste of the fury of the Russian republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, Radio Free Europe reports.  

In an 8 April television appearance, Kadyrov ordered two young men believed to be the authors of a spoof video to assist in the cleanup.

“Two residents of our republic who posted a video on the Internet of the burning building with malicious slogans will actively participate in the skyscraper’s reconstruction. They understood their mistake and promised to work hard,” he posted on his Instagram account, according to RFE.

He also displayed displeasure about the numerous spoofs of the fire that have been making their way onto the Internet.

One spoof of the event posted to The Moscow Times’ Facebook page.

The 45-story tower in the center of the Chechen capital, Grozny, caught fire on 3 April. The republic’s controversial leader, a former guerrilla fighter, erected it using Kremlin money. The highest building in the Caucasus, according to The Independent, it was the centerpiece of Grozny’s reconstruction after two wars. No one was hurt in the fire.

Kadyrov held an instant online competition on his Instagram account to choose a design to be used in the skyscraper’s reconstruction.

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