Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has announced Liverpool’s Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is now an honorary citizen of the Russian republic. Salah is at the World Cup in Russia with Egypt, whose training base is in the Chechen capital Grozny. Salah, 26, has been pictured with Kadyrov, who was accused of using the player for political propaganda.
Kadyrov’s regime has been criticised for alleged human rights abuse, a claim he denied this week in an interview with BBC. “Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of Chechnya! That’s right!” Kadyrov wrote on Friday. “At a gala dinner, which I gave in honour of the Egyptian team, I handed Mohamed Salah a copy of the decree and a badge. This is a deserved title.”