A top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has said those who breach the coronavirus quarantine should be punished with death and called them “a million times worse than terrorists”.
Ramzan Kadyrov, who is the leader of the oil-rich Chechnya region of Russia, slammed people who failed to isolate after returning from overseas.
He has even hinted that he suffered symptoms of coronavirus while continuing to work.
The hardman blasted fellow Muslims who returned home from religious trips to Mecca without isolating, all while having three cases of coronavirus in the region.
He told local media: “If you ask my opinion, anyone who creates this problem for himself should be killed.
“Not only does he get sick himself, but he also infects his family, his sisters, brothers, and neighbours.”
He then added: “Quarantine rules must be strictly followed.
“It become popular to secretly return from unhealthy countries and regions, and not to tell anybody.
“These people do not care that they put the lives of a hundred people at risk, as well as their families and friends.
“Such people are a million times worse than terrorists, they will be found and strictly punished according to the law.”
The 43-year-old, who has been said to be as close to Putin as a son, admitted during a regional government meeting that he had contracted, and since overcome, coronavirus.
Kadyrov reportedly told him: “Three weeks ago I had a fever of 38-39C, and Elkhan (Chechen health minister) had it too.”
He added: “We could not reduce it.
“We laugh at it now.
“All those symptoms we had…we possibly had coronavirus.”
There were, however, no hints he stopped working or isolated during this period, but instead continued to hold meetings.
But, it did not stop Kadyrov blasting one person returning from Mecca, adding: “Despite our instructions, he came home from his pilgrimage and did not remain in quarantine.
“He organised public readings, gathered people, greeted people. If his infection is confirmed, thousands of people might get ill.”
Kadyrov has been accused of unleashing death squads across Chechnya – claims he has strongly denied.
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