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Teenage bride forced to marry Chechen police chief after ‘he threatened her with kidnap’


  • Kheda Goilabiyeva, 17, wept during marriage to key ally of Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov at service in Grozny
  • Asked three times if she wanted to marry 47-year-old police chief Nazhud Guchigov – who already has another wife
  • Guchigov reportedly warned of ‘unpleasant consequences’ if she or her parents had refused to consent to marriage
  • Russian child rights commissioner defended marriage saying Caucasian women ‘are shrivelled with wrinkles by 27’
  • This led to women posting selfies with screwed up faces on Instagram with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman

Her resplendent white dress says it’s her wedding day, but the sadness etched on her face does not.

For this teenage bride has been forced to marry an ally of Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov after apparently being threatened with kidnap if she did not comply.

Kheda Goilabiyeva, 17, looked despondent and at one point wept during the ceremony in the Chechen capital Grozny as the fearsome Kadyrov watched on from the crowd.

She was asked three times whether she wanted to marry 47-year-old police chief Nazhud Guchigov – who already has another wife – before finally and reluctantly responding yes.

Not the happiest day of her life: Chechen teenager Kheda Goilabiyeva clutches a passport as she looks down despondently after being forced to marry an ally of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov who reportedly threatened to kidnap her if she and her parents refused to comply

Sorrow: The 17-year-old looked despondent throughout the ceremony as Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov watched on from the crowd

Close to tears: The teenager appears downtrodden as she stands feet away from her husband-to-be (right) at the registry office in Grozny

Forlorn: Miss Goilabiyeva appears to weep with sadness as her 47-year-old groom, Chechen police chief Nazhud Guchigov, signs the register

The marriage has provoked outrage in Russia, fuelled by Moscow’s child rights commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, who defended the wedding by saying that Caucasian women ‘are all shrivelled with wrinkles by the age of 27’. He later apologised for his comments.

In response to the remarks, young women online have started posting selfies on Instagram with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman in which they scrunch up their faces to simulate the appearance of wrinkles. Many of the posts include sarcastic greetings to Astakhov.

The woman behind the campaign appears to be Bella Rapoport, a prominent Russian feminist writer, according to Instagram’s time stamps.

The second contributor appears to be Tonia Samsonova, a popular journalist at Echo of Moscow with a large online social media following.

Within 12 hours, the hashtag has attracted more than 120 contributions.

Guchigov's son escorts his father's new wife from the ceremony, with her again looking anything but happy about the marriage 

Given away by the regime: Kheda Goilabiyeva is taken by head of the Chechen leader's administration Magomed Daudov after she was reportedly threatened with kidnap if her parents did not consent to marriage

Kremlin human rights commissioner Ella Pamfilova had denounced the marriage as medieval and said she hoped that it would not take place

‘I would have killed my daughter before letting her marry like that,’ one woman said on condition of anonymity. ‘I am against early marriages.’

Announced in late April, the wedding led to an outcry in Russia, with several news reports alleging that the teenager had been forced into the marriage.

Kremlin human rights commissioner Ella Pamfilova had denounced the marriage as medieval and said she hoped that it would not take place. She called for sanctions if it were carried out.

Pretty: The wedding led to an outcry in Russia, with several news reports alleging that the teenager (above) had been forced into the marriage

Kheda Goilabiyeva

police chief Nazhud Guchigov

Polygamous: Nazhud Guchigov (right) with his first wife, to whom he is still married, and his son in a picture posted on Instagram

A Chechen police officer poses with Nazhud Guchigov's new wife (left) and his first wife (right)

Kadyrov however said on his Instagram account that ‘these publications are only lies! Love has no age’.

Russia’s child rights commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, said that the wedding did not violate laws on the minimum age for marriage, but he has not responded to questions regarding polygamy.

Kadyrov, 38, has helped the Kremlin battle an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus.

But the former rebel – accused by human rights groups of overseeing torture, extrajudicial executions and corruption – has shown an increased readiness in recent months to challenge Putin’s authority.

Brutal: Ramzan Kadyrov (right) has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since being installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007

Brutal: Ramzan Kadyrov (right) has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since being installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007

8 thoughts on “Teenage bride forced to marry Chechen police chief after ‘he threatened her with kidnap’

  1. There are so many gathered there yet no one has the balls to question or stop this nonsense. What really appeals me about islam is that senselessness is usually a group effort. Like the Rotherham & other child grooming gangs, not one of them stands up against it, they are all in agreement after all its in their scriptures

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  2. Yahoo and the Liberal media (if discussing this at all), is NOT mentioning this Union/Rape is related to Islam, that this piece of dirt (police official), is a Muslim. This is being presented as normal, everyday happening in this area; and that mother Russia’s ok with this. The lies the Liberals and the media tell; may the crocodile “Islam/Muslims” take their time with them, eatting them slowly.

    Also, this young woman “had” a boy friend; he was beaten almost to death when he protested. AND … This “dirt bag,” aka so-called police official”, explained himself by saying, “women in area have it tough, it is not uncommon for a woman in her 20’s to look 50; all used-up, wrinkled and dried up”; Islam marriages/rapes, are such “love matches” … Ugh, ugh, ugh!

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