Chechens complain on American game that depicts them as cruel vampires with Ramzan as their ‘Sultan’
The game’s manual describes Chechnya as the only territory on earth that is fully controlled by vampires.
Chechen officials complain that the American entertainment industry depicts them as cruel vampires. We are talking about the famous board game Vampire: The Masquerade, which featured Sultan Ramzan and Chechen ghouls, opposing the bloodsucking KGB.
In 1991, the American company White Wolf created the World of Darkness universe - a common brand for desktop, card and computer games, as well as books and a television series. The most popular series Vampire: The Masquerade is about the confrontation of numerous vampire clans, which occurs against the background of real events of human history. Wars, revolutions, epidemics and natural disasters are the results of the actions of vampires, Kommersant writes. The official website claims that they have released several million copies of board games.
In 2016, White Wolf became part of the Swedish Paradox Interactive and developed a new, fifth version of Vampire: The Masquerade. It was released in early November. One of the chapters turned out to be devoted to modern Russia and looks like a vampire’s report about a visit to Chechnya.
The game’s manual describes Chechnya as the only territory on earth that is fully controlled by vampires. "This is a terrible place for mortal people, and the most delightful oriental garden of pleasures for people like us," the ghoul pens.
The creators of the game endowed vampires with certain ethnic features. “The Chechens will destroy their enemies. Even if they become vampires, they never forget that they are Chechens,” the vampire observer admires.
The curious narrative says that the organization of Chechen vampires Abrek has become the most significant criminal community, "which has spread its tentacles throughout the Middle East, Russia and Europe," and also created the Islamic State*.
Vampires refer to the majority of the human population as “animal products.” As an illustration, the patriotic poster "Your blood is the blood of the republic!"
The nominal ruler of Chechnya is the Sultan Ramzan. This is the person to whom the vampires have promised immortality, and in exchange, he defends their interests at the Kremlin. The fact is that Chechen vampires have enemies - vampires from the Brudzha clan who "secretly controls the FSB."
Alvi Karimov, the Spokesman for Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, said that the game developers "decided to promote the popularity of Chechnya and its leadership." At the same time, he believes that the creators of the game pursued a “political goal.” "This is a continuation of the campaign to slander Russia and Chechnya," said Karimov. "I am sure that the same organization that claimed about the persecution of sexual minorities stands behind it."
Ironically, the LGBT community, representatives of which are being persecuted in Chechnya, are also outraged by the game about Chechen vampires. The fact is that the persecution of gays is represented as a "smart media manipulation" to divert attention from bloodsuckers. Homosexuals consider this derision immoral. Science fiction writer Charles Phipps, as well as former White Wolf collaborator, game designer Joseph Carriker, agree with them.
However, the Chechen leadership believes that this is a feigned critic, which covers a large-scale conspiracy against Russian officials. “They released the game, now they criticize it - this is the real game. Immoral and dishonest,” Alvi Karimov concludes.
*Islamic State (IS, ISIS, DAISH) is a terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation.