EDITORIAL: Ramzan Kadyrov, Murderer


Ramzan Kadyrov, Murderer

“You understand that you are putting yourself in grave danger. You need to change your style of work.”

–Nurdi Nukhazhiyev, spokesman for Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, to Oleg Orlov, head of the Memorial human rights NGO, at a meeting on July 10, 2009, four days before Orlov’s lead journalist, Natalia Estemirova, was kidnapped in Grozy, murdered and dumped at the roadside in Ingushetia.

The man with the golden gun

The man with the golden gun

You may find those words shocking, but they are nothing compared to what Kadyrov himself was prepared to say to Estemirova herself, in person. He stated:  “I have blood from my hands to my elbows.”  This was after calling her into his office to criticize her reporting of human rights abuses by his military cadres.  It was after Kadyrov “yelled at her, asked questions about who she lived with, where her relatives were and how old her daughter was.”  Alexander Cherkasov, a Chechnya expert at Memorial, told reporters at a news conference:  “With Kadyrov she spoke like a schoolteacher — she put this D-student in his place. But he knew how to do more than just spit wads of paper from the back row.”

Of course, the Russian media is not reporting any of it

And of course, Putin and Medvedev are standing firmly behind Kadyrov, ignoring his on-the-record statements and proclaiming it impossible that this “Hero of Russia” could have ordered the killings.  Of course, there is no more chance that the real killers of Estemirova will be brought to justice in Russia than that those of Anna Politkovskaya or Galina Starovoitova will be.  It is and endless cycle of violence and coverup until the last remaining defender of civilization in Russia lies in her grave.

All this is unquestionable proof of Vladimir Putin’s failure in Chechnya.  That a so-called “member” of the G-8 and UN Security Council could find no other way to control a tiny breakaway republic than this abhorant, barbaric kind of personalized violence against femalre journalists bespeaks an absolute breakdown in governmental competence.

Paul Goble has pointed out that even if irrefutable proof of Kadyrov’s guilt were provided to the Kremlin, there is nothing it could do to punish the Chechen strongman.  Doing so would only ignite a new war in Chechnya, one Moscow is ill-equipped to fight in light of its massive economic crisis. Indeed, it may be that Kadyrov wants such evidence to appear, since then Moscow’s failure to punish him would have the effect of formalizing both Kadyrov’s power and Chechnya’s independence.  It would be the final victory for the Chechen rebels, meaning that tens of thousands of Russian soliders and civilians persished in vain.

Chechnya is governed by a barbaric killer who is cutting down his political enemies one by one.  The Kremlin says and does nothing to investigate the killings or challenge this savagery, and therefore it is guilty even if it did not actively participate.  Let’s not forget:  Vladimir Putin personally selected this individual to govern the war-torn region.  Putin is responsible for his actions, as are the people of Russia.

37 responses to “EDITORIAL: Ramzan Kadyrov, Murderer

  1. @”The man with the golden gun”

    Golden gun [Ad killed S. Yamadayev with] smuggled by diplomat, police say

  2. @You may find those words shocking, but they are nothing compared to what Kadyrov himself was prepared to say to Estemirova herself, in person. He stated: “I have blood from my hands to my elbows.”

    Kadyrov-Politkovskaya meeting:

    When Politkovskaya interviewed the Chechen leader in June 2004, her meeting with him ended badly. Her questions were too probing, especially when she asked him about other Chechen warlords and resistance fighters, who were his enemies. Surrounded by his bodyguards, Kadyrov lost his temper, accusing her of being an enemy of Chechens and threatening her: “I am not a criminal. I will hold you here. I won’t let you go.” Politkovskaya was shaken: “I couldn’t bear it anymore. I stood up and walked away. My tears choked me. Of course I expected a bullet in my back.” She concluded from her meeting with Kadyrov that “a little dragon has been raised by the Kremlin. Now they need to feed it. Otherwise it will spit fire.”

    Just two days before her murder, Politkovskaya was interviewed on Radio Liberty about her ongoing investigation of Kadyrov and the crimes committed by his militia, which she had documented with videotapes and photographs given to her by eyewitnesses. The date of the interview, October 5, was also Kadyrov’s thirtieth birthday. Politkovskaya told Radio Liberty: “Personally, I only have one dream for Kadyrov’s birthday: I dream of him someday sitting in the dock, in a trial that meets the strictest legal standards, with all of his crimes listed and investigated.”


    • After dark, Ramzan appears, surrounded by armed men. They are everywhere: in the courtyard, on the balcony, in the rooms. Some of them subsequently involve themselves in our conversation, commenting loudly and aggressively. Ramzan sprawls in an armchair crossing his legs, his foot, in a sock, almost level with my face….”We want to restore order not only in Chechnya, but throughout the north Caucasus,” Ramzan begins. “We will fight anywhere in Russia. I have a directive to operate throughout the north Caucasus. Against the bandits.”

      Who does he call bandits? “Maskhadov, Basaev and the like…that is the main thing, to destroy them.”

      …Doesn’t he think perhaps there’s been enough fighting? “Of course there has….They carry on fighting. That is why we have to exterminate them.”

      …Perhaps it is time to… sit down to negotiate? “Who with?…Maskhadov is a pathetic old man…I respect Basaev as a warrior. He is not a coward. I pray to Allah that Basaev and I may meet in open combat.”…

      What if Basaev won? “No way. I will. In battle I always win.”

      What does Ramzan consider to be the strongest aspect of his personality? “What do you mean? I don’t understand the question.” What are his strengths? And his weaknesses? “I consider that I have no weaknesses. I am strong. Alu Alkhanov was made president because I consider that he is strong and I trust him 100%. Do you think the Kremlin decides that? The people choose. It’s the first time anyone has told me the Kremlin has a say in anything.” No more than an hour later, Ramzan was saying that absolutely everything was decided by the Kremlin, that the people were just cattle, and that he had been offered the presidency of Chechnya in the Kremlin immediately after his father’s assassination, but had turned it down because he wanted to fight.

      “If you left us in peace, we Chechens would have reunited long ago.” Who does he mean by “you”? “Journalists, people like you. Russian politicians. You don’t let us sort things out. You divide us. You come between Chechens. You personally are the enemy. You are worse than Basaev.”

      Who else are his enemies? “I don’t have enemies. Only bandits to fight.”

      …What does he most enjoy doing? “Fighting. I am a warrior.” Has he ever killed anyone himself? “No. I’ve always been in command.”

      But he is too young always to have been in command. Somebody must have given him orders. “Only my father. Nobody else ever gave me orders, or ever will.”

      Has he given orders to kill? “Yes…It is not I, but Allah. The Prophet said the Wahhabis [in the Chechen context, radical Islamic groups] must be destroyed.”…When there are no more Wahhabis left, who will Kadyrov fight? “I will take up bee farming. Already I have bees, and bullocks, and fighting dogs.”

      Doesn’t he feel sorry when dogs kill each other? “Not at all. I like it. I respect my dog Tarzan as much as a human being. He’s a Caucasian sheepdog. Those are the most fair-minded dogs there are.”

      What other hobbies does he have? “I very much like women.”

      Doesn’t his wife mind? “I don’t tell her.”

      What education has he had? “Higher education, law. I’m just finishing it. I am taking my exams.”

      What exams? “What do you mean, ‘What exams?’ The exams, that’s all.”

      What’s the institute called where he is studying? “It’s a branch of the Moscow Institute of Business. In Gudermes. It’s a law college.”

      What is he specialising in? “Law.” But what kind of law? Criminal? Civil? “I can’t remember. Someone wrote the topic down for me on a piece of paper, but I’ve forgotten. There’s a lot going on at the moment.”….

      [After a terrifying interview which ends with RK shouting that he considers her “an enemy of the Chechen people,” that she “should have to answer for this,” Politkovskaya gets in the car to go back to Grozny.] “Kadyrov gives orders for me to be taken back to Grozny. Musa, a former fighter from Zakan-Yurt, sits at the wheel and there are two bodyguards. I get into the vehicle and think that somewhere along the route, in the dark, with checkpoints everywhere, I am obviously going to be killed. But the ex-fighter from Zakan-Yurt is just waiting for Ramzan to leave…when he starts telling me the story of his life…I know he is not going to kill me. He wants the world to hear his story. Even so, I sit there crying from fear and loathing– tears of despair that history should have raised up, of all people, Ramzan Kadyrov. He really does have power, and rules according to his own ideas and abilities. “Don’t cry,” the fighter from Zakan-Yurt finally said to me. “You are strong.”

      It is an old story, repeated many times in our history: the Kremlin fosters a baby dragon, which it then has to keep feeding to stop him from setting everything on fire. There has been a total failure of the Russian intelligence services in Chechnya, something they try to represent as a victory and a “restoration of civilian life.” But what about the people of Chechnya? They have to live with the baby dragon.

      –Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), assassinated Russian journalist. From A Russian Diary, pub Apr 2007. Interview conducted in August 2004, extracts published in the U.K. Guardian, 20 March 2007

  3. @”While Dzhemal’s views may be extreme, there is a recent Russian precedent for what he says. Putin did everything he could to save Murat Zyazikov as president of Ingushetia after the latter was accused in the court of public opinion of being behind the murder of one of his political opponents, but Medvedev successfully sought his removal.”

    No, the FSB General Zyazikov was removed because he was a complete, total and utter failure at just everything, presiding over the start and the rise of the Ingush insurgency (despite or maybe because his “heavy-handed” death squad-style method) and the economic catastrophe (about 70-80% unemployment!) with corruption level enormous even against the Russian standards, and hated by practically entire Ingush population (people literally danced in the streets when he finally “resigned”). They had to swallow this pill and remove him. This loser then even attempted to commit suicide, trying to hang himself in Moscow.

  4. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2009/July/theuae_July469.xml&section=theuae&col=


    • @http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2009/July/theuae_July469.xml&section=theuae&col=

      “Chechen rebel leader Sulim Yamadayev”


      Russia Today on Ad being internationally wanted for murder of “a former special forces commander from Chechnya Sulim Yamadayev”:

  5. the report is unfair! You write that “this would be the final victory for the chechen rebels”!!

    Are you completely out of mind?????The chechen rebels are fighting Kadyrov every day!!!!!

    • @”The chechen rebels are fighting Kadyrov every day!!!!!”

      Actually, most of them either joined Kadyrov or left the country… (or died). Kadyrov has thousands of former fighters, including himself and Ad.

      Another biographical curiosity emerges with respect to Delimkhanov’s activity, or possibly lack thereof, during the first Russo-Chechen war. His official biography makes no reference to how he occupied himself during this period; but reliable information identifying him as a driver of the eccentric rebel field commander Salman Raduyev, during the inter-war period of the late 1990s, suggests that during the first war, politically speaking, he was one of three things: an active rebel, a rebel sympathiser or on the fence.

  6. http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090412/NATIONAL/589107735/0/ART

    This murder-case of Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai is even better and more spectacular than every James-Bond film.I never thought,that James Bond would become reality one day,but Kadyrov realized it!!

  7. Adamfrom Poland

    it´s not true,Robert,there are still thousands of Anti-Kadyrov rebels in the mountains

  8. @Steven (vel Adamfrom Poland)

    “No rebels,but criminals joined the Kadyrovites,i tell you,that there are still thousands of rebels in the mountains,i can show you videos with hundreds of rebels in one place.”

    And any of them after 2005? Come on.

    “Delimkhanov was Raduyev´s driver,not more”

    That’s quite much, unless it was not that sought job since Raduyev’s cars tended to explode. Teenage Ramzan was also a driver (of his dad) so they fit quite well along.

    “The FSB-nickname for Akhmed Kadyrov was “Adam”! His task was to kidnap and kill foreigners in order to prepare the ground for russia to launch a new invasion.”

    I never heard of Kadyrov’s involvement in the kidnappings during this period.

    But I heard about at least two petty murders of random Chechens by his son, of a guy at a billiard club and another at a gas station (who both pissed off Ramzan and he shot them dead).

  9. Adamfrom Poland

    Robert,these Tele-workers were killed by Kadyrovites from the Urus-Martan district police. Arbi Barayev had nothing to do with it. watch chechen rebel websites,there are a lot of fresh videos,including on youtube

  10. ttc > steven, Adamfrom Poland

    these anti-Kadyrov fighters in the moutains could be called Chechen rebels, but not in the former sense. Read kavkazcenter.com to understand their ideas and goals. Under leadership of Dokka Umarov, idea of independent Ichkeria state was betrayed. These people are fighting not for independece for Chechen people anymore, they are part of global jihad and are fighting for totalitarian rule of islam Sharia law.

  11. Adamfrom Poland

    the pure Sharia law is nothing bad,it´s a just and fair rule. The Taliban and many Islamists betray the Sharia. Read Dokka Umarov´s latest interview on Prague Watchdog,there will be no Islamist rule after the chechen victory.


    PW: How will the future Caucasus Muslim State be organized?

    D. U.: Wherever there are people, there are laws. The law is a dictatorship. Those who must bear arms will bear them, those who must lay them down will lay them down. Some will occupy themselves with creation, while those who are to be punished will be punished. This is called Dar-us-salam. There’s no need to reduce the Islamic way of life to that of the cave. In the Islamic state there will be both civil structures and law-enforcement structures. Everyone will be free to develop the talents they have been granted by God. All this it set out for Muslims in the Koran. Even Christians borrow all the healthy aspects of their lives from the Koran. The basis of our ideas about life is Islam, and we are not building a society of chaos. After all, in the end everyone on the planet is destined to live according to the Islamic view of the world.

    • I fail to see how this would be “not Islamist”.

      And more to my original point:

      Udygov: (…) The new generation of mojahedin has gone to war not for the sake of independence and freedom alone, but first and foremost in order to restore Sharia law to the liberated lands. It’s not just the ideology that has changed – the people who were willing to sacrifice their lives have begun to interpret the world quite differently. The new generation of mojahedin has moved away from the perception of ethnicity as an absolute value, and has turned to God. As a result, a very serious contradiction has developed on our side. Some of those who took part in the war, who fought for independence and grew mortally weary from all the years of tension, have seen some sort of prospects for themselves on the other side. They have found an explanation for their betrayal, declaring that it may be possible to get at least part of the way towards the ideal of national independence under the banners of Kadyrov. Though the facts suggest this may be an illusion, merely making a move in a chosen direction has become their excuse. They have laid down their arms and have either gone over to the side of the enemy, left the country, or have given up the struggle and just aimed at surviving the bad times.

      That is precisely why the fighting generation has more or less changed completely, one hundred per cent. That is where the crisis erupted, because the new situation came into conflict with decrepit ideas and political and ideological structures which were only propped up by the force of inertia. I refer to the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, its parliament, its president – all of its formal accessories. In this, a great danger lurked – the attempt to preserve a hybrid of old and new could have resulted in a real disaster. If military action on our side was still to be led by people who knew no truths other than Ichkerian independence, democracy, and international law, then a very powerful rupture could have occurred between them and the young people who had come out to die for Allah.


      • And I meant Udugov of course – the very man who’s thinking all the ideological stuff for Dokka Umarov, from far away in a safe undisclosed location (possibly an evil volcano base… j/k) along with his half-brother sidekick Isa Umarov.

  12. Guys,please let´s talk about the Yamadayev-assasination in Dubai. I am proud,that Dubai will court these two hired Kadyrov-killers from Iran and Tadzikistan.It´s a good sign. By the way,it´s not the first time,that Kadyrov-killers were brought to justice abroad. In November 2006 two Kadyrov-Killers were sentenced to prison for several years,after they shot down an azerbajiani policeman during a document-check in Baku.

  13. About Kadyrov and Delimkhanov (a long article based on the interviews with Israilov):


    • And not only with Israilov:

      “Umar Israilov, 27, was a complicated figure: a participant in a particularly ugly war, motivated at least in part by revenge. The Times spent several months evaluating the allegations by him and his father, examining the charges against the wealth of materials on Chechen human rights abuses, and interviewing supporting witnesses and independent investigators who had examined the Israilov case.

      In addition, the newspaper obtained corroborating statements from another government insider and from another victim, who fled Chechnya but remain in hiding; they said they saw Umar Israilov being tortured.

      Almost all of the people who assisted asked for anonymity, saying they feared reprisal. Ultimately, The Times postponed publication of the Israilovs’ accounts out of concern for the safety of witnesses and people who helped the investigation, some of whom wanted to relocate.

      The threats were palpable. Several of President Kadyrov’s critics have been silenced by violence, including rivals, journalists and former detainees and their relatives.

      Moreover, Mr. Israilov told Austrian authorities last year that an agent sent from Russia by Mr. Kadyrov had threatened him. Under questioning by counterterrorism officials, the agent told of his mission to retrieve the whistle-blower, according to a written summary of his interrogation, and said Mr. Kadyrov kept a list of 300 enemies to be killed.

      On Jan. 9, after consulting with one of Umar Israilov’s legal advocates, The Times notified Mr. Putin’s office that it sought interviews with Russian officials about these allegations. Mr. Israilov was prepared to publicize his story.

      On Jan. 13, Mr. Israilov left his apartment, where he had been watching his three young children while his pregnant wife was away, to buy yogurt at a nearby market. Outside, he was confronted by at least two men.

      They argued, and one of the men tried to pistol-whip Mr. Israilov, according to Gerhard Jarosch, a spokesman for Austria’s prosecutor. Mr. Israilov bolted. He still had received no protection. In broad daylight on a Vienna street, he ran for his life alone.”

      This article is all one needs to know about the Kadyrov regime, if never heard about it before.

  14. Robert, how can you judge the chechen rebels,who are spending their lives in mountains and forests?


    Learn some manners or you’ll be banned.

    • Wow, just wow. Adamfrom Poland (vel steven vel sascha vel akhmad), you’re actually embarrassing me so much more than you’re offending me. Kinda like Kim here when she choses to yell some insults on me, while enjoying web traffic from some braindead/brainwashed Russians and trolls.

      Why won’t you go and try to blow up Ramzan in his Lamborghini Reventon, or something else constructive, instead of wasting your time on screaming at people on the Internet under roughly one million identities? Just an advice.

      • Ah, and the original post I was replying to vanished/changed. Strange. Moderation in action, or maybe rather WordPress being silly again?


        If you are referring to profanity and personal abuse, we are likely to delete it and you need not respond.

  15. in this video Umarov speaks about the western treachery and the chechen traitors,who worked as FSB-agents between 1996-99,he will open your eyes between 4.15-end

  16. [lots of stuff in my e-mail, not here on the web]

    Deae akhmad (or whatever you’re name is/you want be called)

    You seem to be bombarding me with really angry messages and I’m not even reading them anymore. It’s pretty pointless, I guess. Why won’t you go elsewhere, take Eugene & Co along with you, and flame-war fight with them to the death instead? If “spending your life in mountains and forests” is really not an option.

    And now back on the topic. Prague Watchdog:

    This murder can be seen as a personal “message” from Kadyrov, bearing his seal and bloody signature. No one tried to stop the abduction, and the witnesses were even reluctant to specify the moment at which it took place. This is understandable. If a person is abducted in such a fashion, quite openly, in front of everyone, it means that it has been ordered, and that the person’s death is meant to serve as an example to others. No one is surprised, no one asks any questions, and of course no one tries to raise any objection.

    Even if Kadyrov is not guilty of the death of Natalya Estemirova, he is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of other people, and therefore death is itself his calling card, his second name and, ultimately, the object of his pride. In a programme in the “Points of Leverage” series on Grozny TV, referring to the Chechens who live in Europe, he expressed himself to the effect that if a man cannot kill a relative who despises Chechen customs, he is not a man at all. Ramzan proves daily that he is a man by killing the enemies of the Russian state and his own enemies, regardless of their age or gender. He does not kill them himself, of course, but via the hands of his subordinates. Estemirova’s death is just the latest of these killings.


  17. Another PW article, this time about the lives and deaths of Malika Umazheva, Zura Bitiyeva and Natasha Estemirova:

    Heroes not of our time

    By Usam Baysayev, Memorial Human Rights Centre, special to Prague Watchdog

    Samashki, Chechen Republic

    I remember these three women. They are all dead now, murdered …

    Malika Umazheva was the first to be killed. She was opposed to the separation of Chechnya from Russia. Her life experience and education were formed by another world, in its own way a happy one, where no one ever thought about demarcation or isolation. There, the peoples lived as one big happy family.


    She was murdered at night, together with her husband, brother and son. The perpetrators left only her one-year-old grandson alive. The child was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood.


    It is not widely known that Natasha Estemirova began her human rights activities during the Ossetian-Ingush conflict of 1989-1992. In the first Chechen war, the so-called “filtration points” – concentration camps for Chechens – became her personal nightmare.


    It is unlikely that in our lifetime we will be granted the happiness of seeing our contemporaries perpetuate the memory of these women, or name their streets after them. Today we have other “heroes” – for the most part, those who now steer history by treading over corpses.

    Will it always be like this?… There are times when it seems that it will only get worse …


  18. MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) – The body of a missing Russian human rights activist has been found, his organisation and local officials said on Wednesday.

    Russia is already investigating last week’s killing of Chechen human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, which triggered worldwide outrage.

    Andrei Kulagin, who disappeared two months ago, headed the local branch of Spravedlivost (Justice) a human rights organisation in the Russian region of Karelia, around 1,000 km (620 miles) north of Moscow.

    “The body of Andrei Kulagin, a resident of Petrozavodsk, was discovered on July 10 in a quarry near the Klyuchevaya neighbourhood of Petrozavodsk,” a source in Karelian law enforcement told Interfax news agency.

    The reports made no reference to how Kulagin may have died.

    Interfax news agency quoted law enforcement officials as saying Kalugin had a criminal record and was being investigated for misconduct.

    Kulagin’s body was found in a sand pit near Petrozavodsk. He had been missing since May 14, Spravedlivost’s leader, Andrei Stolbunov said in a message on its website on Wednesday.

    “Human rights activists are the exposed nerves of civil society. They are sharply responsive to injustices and are very often at the front of the fight for other people’s rights,” Stolbunov wrote, linking the death to that of Estemirova and murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

    Stolbunov said Kulagin was last seen after he left his home late at night after receiving a phone call. The last person to see him was the taxi driver who took him to a local cafe.

    Stolbunov said he was engaged with the local justice ministry in trying to improve prison conditions.

    Stolbunov said Kulagin had headed up the organisation’s local branch since its creation in 2007 and called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

    An image of Kulagin on the website show a man in his late 30s or early 40s. He was married with one daughter. (Reporting by Conor Sweeney; Editing by Alison Williams)

  19. Adame Eshmakidze

    Kaffirov’s days are limited. The loose canon will meet his fate at the hands of his father – Putin. Hide and watch. I predict his demise within the next six months.

  20. Robert pro Russian?
    Now I have heard everything!!

    • I also don’t think he’s “from Poland”. Or “Chechen” at all. I guess he’s an another troll. Either this or he’s a total loon.

      But as of his “come to Chechnya” remark, it reminded me how Russia Today asked: “Would Chechnya be on your list of countries to visit?”

      Yes, they actually wrote “countries” – the video itself is actually very boring and badly made propagit mess, not working even as uninetntional comedy… I don’t think anyone would sit through and not try to end the pain of watching/listening to it, even the Zyazikov way – RT efforts suck on grand scale.

  21. @akhmad

    “come to Chechnya”

    I’m pretty sure you’re not in Chechnya, unless you’ve got wi-fi now in “in mountains and forests”.

  22. Oh and one more thing, “akhmad”. Intentionally or not, you’re almost exactly like

  23. http://www.kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2009/07/23/66943.shtml

    Unbelievable russian terror in the Caucasus. Over the last weeks dozens of young men were kidnapped and brutally killed by russian FSB-agents in Chechnya,Dagestan and Ingushetia and then presented as “killed rebels”. I hope,that the rebels will kill all these russian pigs

  24. Well Robert your approach is questionable.Guys like you pretend to be anti-russian,but when it comes to Chechnya,you show your true Face.You are a fake,you are indeed pro-russian,you are one of these many provocateurs in this blog. You are a rat,Akhmad is right,you are a terrorist,supporting the russian genociders in Chechnya,but you will pay for this crime one day,when you will stand in front of the Most high one day

  25. GROZNY, Russia, July 26 (Reuters) – At least five people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd next to a concert hall in the capital of Russia’s province of Chechnya, news agencies said.

    “The suicide bomber triggered his explosive device when he was stopped by policemen outside the Grozny concert hall at a security checkpoint,” a senior city official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. He was not able to say how many victims there were from the blast.

    The area around the concert hall was immediately sealed off by police and journalists were not allowed beyond the police line.

    ITAR-TASS news agency quoted a senior security official in Grozny as saying four policemen who tried to stop the suicide bomber were killed on the spot and one more person died on the way to hospital.

    The source told Tass that four more people were taken to the local hospital, one of them in a serious condition.

    RIA news agency quoted another security source as saying up to 10 people may have been injured.


    • @”RIA news agency quoted another security source as saying up to 10 people may have been injured.”

      Four police officers killed in Chechnya suicide blast

      GROZNY, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Four police officers were killed on Sunday in an explosion near a concert hall in the center of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, a police source at the scene of the attack said.

      “An explosive device was set off by a suicide bomber, who had approached the police officers. Law enforcement officials are working at the site,” the source told RIA Novosti.

      A law enforcement source in the Southern Federal Dirstrict said nine other people were injured in the blast.

      • And actually:

        Policemen who died in Grozny are senior officers of Chechnya’s Interior Ministry

        GROZNY, July 26 (Itar-Tass) – Explosion committed by a suicide bomber in Chechnya’s capital Grozny Sunday night carried away the lives of four high-rank police officials, sources at Chechnya’s Investigations Committee said.

        “The senior police officers who died today are the chief of public security in Grozny’s Leninsky district, the chief of the same district’s detention center, a deputy chief of public security forces in Chechnya, who had the colonel’s rank, and a lieutenant-colonel from the Interior Ministry’s department for coordination,” the source said.

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