Heartbreaking Pictures Of Teenage Bride Forced To Marry A Polygamous Chechen Police Chief After 'He Threatened Her With Kidnap'

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
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
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. 

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.

Kadyrov, who has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist since being installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007, was said to have given his personal blessing for the marriage in apparent violation of Russian laws against polygamy. The procession then carried on to a restaurant, where Kadyrov was present and celebrated with traditional dances.

Guchigov reportedly threatened to kidnap the teen and warned of 'unpleasant consequences' if she or her parents did not consent to marriage, according to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Several of those in attendance also said that they disapproved, owing to the difference in age between the two.

'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.
Sorrow: The 17-year-old looked despondent throughout the ceremony as Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov watched on from the crowd
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
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
Forlorn: Miss Goilabiyeva appears to weep with sadness as her 47-year-old groom, Chechen police chief Nazhud Guchigov, signs the register
Ruthless: Guchigov reportedly threatened to kidnap the teen and warned of 'unpleasant consequences' if she or her parents did not consent to marriage, according to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta
Ruthless: Guchigov reportedly threatened to kidnap the teen and warned of 'unpleasant consequences' if she or her parents did not consent to marriage, according to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta
Kheda Goilabiyeva (centre) appears forlorn after marrying 47-year-old police chief Nazhud Guchigov, a key ally of warlord Ramzan Kadyrov
Kheda Goilabiyeva (centre) appears forlorn after marrying 47-year-old police chief Nazhud Guchigov, a key ally of warlord Ramzan Kadyrov
Guchigov's son escorts his father's new wife from the ceremony, with her again looking anything but happy about the marriage 
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
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
Kremlin human rights commissioner Ella Pamfilova had denounced the marriage as medieval and said she hoped that it would not take place
Pretty: The wedding led to an outcry in Russia, with several news reports alleging that the teenager (above) had been forced into the marriage
Pretty: The wedding led to an outcry in Russia, with several news reports alleging that the teenager (above) had been forced into the marriage
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
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




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