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Feb 10Liked by Kevin Batcho

Thanks for your articles. Always a food for thought. A few notes:

1. Zaluzhny is no Kadyrov. The latter was a religious leader trusted by nearly all his people. Zaluzhny is a military Commander trusted by the army but quite distant from the general public.

2. While religion and tribalism in Chechen communities was and is a primary natural uniting force, nationalism, especially extreme far-right variety, wich Zaluzhny somewhat tries to associate himself with now, is interestingly discreet in Ukraine. It is artificially constructed and embedded in many layers of power, but not that much present or endorsed by the public. That is the main reason so many Ukrainians are genuinely puzzled and angered by the whole denazification rethoric by Putin. This far-right "movement" is effective to control power, radicalize army and motivate the pretorian guard, but will not be enough to unite the people. Especially with the aim to make peace with Russia.

3. Aligning himself with the nationalists Zaluzhny made himself the target of one of Russia's main stated goals of denazification. Bending on this one seems like a no-go for Putin.

4. Ukrainian society, in contrast to Chechen tightly knit Muslim dynastic unity, is very devided layered and individualistic. Will not be easy to reorient under Zaluzhny's rule.

5. Arestovitch is despised almost universally in Ukraine.

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