Ramzan Kadryov (center) and friends
New York Times describes a Russian politico who knows how to party.
In a 2006 account, a wide-eyed American diplomat describes the lavish wedding of a well-connected couple in Dagestan, in Russiaâ€™s Caucasus, where one guest is the strongman who runs the war-ravaged Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
The diplomat tells of drunken guests throwing $100 bills at child dancers, and nighttime water-scooter jaunts on the Caspian Sea.
â€œThe dancers probably picked upwards of USD 5000 off the cobblestones,â€ the diplomat wrote. The host later tells him that Ramzan Kadyrov â€œhad brought the happy couple â€˜a five-kilo lump of goldâ€™ as his wedding present.â€
â€œAfter the dancing and a quick tour of the premises, Ramzan and his army drove off back to Chechnya,â€ the diplomat reported to Washington. â€œWe asked why Ramzan did not spend the night in Makhachkala, and were told, â€˜Ramzan never spends the night anywhere.â€™ â€