5.05.2009

The plot thickens

If you're a fan of Russian skulduggery, you've probably been following the assassination of Sulim Yamadayev, former commander of the Vostok Battalion, which was a Spetsnaz (Special Forces) group responsible for counterinsurgency operations in Chechnya.

Well, here's the shakeout:
Seven Russian citizens, including Adam Delimkhanov, the State Duma deputy and cousin of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, have been put on Interpol’s wanted list at the request of the United Arab Emirates in connection with last month’s murder of former Vostok battalion commander Sulim Yamadaev in Dubai (North Caucasus Weekly, April 3, 10 and 17).

Along with Delimkhanov, the other six men placed on Interpol’s wanted list—Zelimkhan Mazaev, Elimpasha Khatsuev, Salman Kimayev, Tirpal Kimaev, Ramazan Musiev and Marvan Kimaev—are “primarily of Chechen nationality,” Russia Today reported on April 28.

Sounds like the endgame in a play for power between two mafiosi masquerading as Army commanders in Chechnya.