One of Putin’s closest allies sharply criticized Russia’s decision to free right-wing Ukrainian Azov troops his forces battled during Mariupol siege


Putin Ramzan Kadyrov

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov (R) in Moscow, Russia, on September, 23, 2016.Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

  • Putin’s military ally said he was blindsided by the Ukrainian-Russian prisoner swap.

  • Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that he was ‘extremely unhappy’ about the deal.

  • In particular, he took issue with the fact that senior Azov Battalion fighters were freed.

One of Vladimir Putin’s top military allies broke rank and sharply criticized the…