Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Chechnya’s strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has come up with a social-media twist on a Soviet-style tradition – he’s given away an iPhone X for the best poem about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
That’s more significant than it might seem. With prices starting around 79,990 rubles ($1,369), the iPhone X just went on sale in Moscow on November 3; at some stores, within hours, it had sold out, Russian media report.
But, apparently, Chechnya’s male performers on the national, state-TV comedy show KVN, managed to snag one as a “surprise” for their good buddy, Kadyrov. How exactly was not explained.
“Whatcha gonna do with them? They’re just like kids!” a delighted Kadyrov recounted to his 3.1 million Instagram followers not long after receiving the phone post-midnight on Saturday.
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