This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2638
December 28, 2006
This hour long video shows Shamil Basayev and others in their various camps and going out to attack Russian targets. Several of the terrorists are shot and wounded and one who is killed is buried. At the end of the film Basayev's body is seen after he was killed by the Russians. During the film the terrorists are interviewed at their camp by Al Jazeera.It is worth noting that Basyavev was killed in July-yet his remains were only identified yesterday,
MOSCOW. Dec 22 (Interfax) - The parliamentary commission investigating the terrorist attack in Beslan has named Chechen separatist leaders Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basayev, Arab mercenary Abu Dzeit and a man identified only by his last name Khashiyev among the organizers of the school siege.
"A militant known as the "Colonel" [Khuchbarov] was immediately in charge of the terrorist attack," Federation Council First Deputy Speaker Alexander Torshin, who heads the commission, said on Friday. tm la
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Moscow. Forensic experts in southern Russia have confirmed after a series of genetic tests that the remains of a militant killed by Russian security forces near Chechnya in July belong to Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, the Prosecutor General's Office said Wednesday, RIA Novosti reported. Basayev, who organized Russia's worst terrorist attacks, including the 2004 Beslan school siege, was killed together with 12 other militants in a special operation in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia.
ROSTOV-ON-DON/MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) - Forensic experts in southern Russia have confirmed after a series of genetic tests that the remains of a militant killed by Russian security forces near Chechnya in July belong to Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, the Prosecutor General's Office said Wednesday.
Basayev, who orchestrated Russia's worst terrorist attacks, including the 2004 Beslan school siege, was killed together with 12 other militants in a special operation in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia.
The 41-year-old warlord was killed in his car while accompanying a truck laden with a hundred kilograms of dynamite, presumably intended for a large-scale terrorist attack in Ingushetia. Fragments of his body were identified in a preliminary examination shortly after the killing, but genetic tests were then called for to confirm the results.
The country's most wanted man, Basayev was reported killed on many previous occasions, but had managed, until July this year, to elude Russian forces despite the Kremlin's offer of $10 million for information leading to his capture.
Russia's Top Court Upholds Life Sentence For Beslan Attacker
December 27, 2006 -- Russia's highest court has upheld a life sentence for the only militant known to have survived the 2004 terrorist attack on a school in Beslan.
More than 330 people were killed in the attack, most of them children.
In May, Nurpashi Kulayev was convicted by a court in southern Russia.
The Supreme Court on December 26 upheld that verdict, rejecting appeals from his lawyers and relatives of the victims.
The head of a group of victims' relatives called Voice of Beslan, Ella Kesayeva, said on Ekho Moskvy that Kulayev's trial failed properly to investigate the circumstances of the raid and rescue efforts.
Survivors and victims' relatives have accused the Russian leadership of covering up for what they call a botched rescue effort by security forces.
Parts of the report, penned by a member of the State Duma commission investigating the siege, were published just days ahead of its second anniversary.
The most stunning allegation made pertains to responsibility for the two blasts that precipitated the bloody end of the siege of School No. 1, which resulted in the deaths of more than 330 people, half of them children."We have known for a long time that security services were to blame for killing many of the hostages. But the Prosecutor-General's Office flatly refuses to listen to the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw it."
More than 1,000 hostages were taken at the Beslan school in the early hours of September 1, 2004, by guerrillas demanding an end to the war in nearby Chechnya. A standoff ensued until September 3, when Russian personnel stormed the school after explosions were heard and a blaze broke out in the gymnasium that held most of the hostages.
Familiar Investigator, Different Result
The official line has long been that militants set off the initial explosion and that grenades fired by Russian troops could not have started the blaze. The State Duma's official investigative commission, headed by deputy speaker Aleksandr Torshin, is expected to release its final report in September.
But the independent investigation of explosives expert Yury Savelyev, a member of Motherland (Rodina), veers sharply from the official explanation. Excerpts of Savelyev's 700-page report were published yesterday in "Novaya gazeta" and on the website "Pravda-Beslana" (pravdabeslana.ru)."I regard his report as a report written by a top-class expert. There was a third party trying to provoke the spontaneous ignition of the material inside the school's gym." -- Rodina member Dmitry Rogozin, who was in Beslan during the siege.
"Pravda-Beslana" Editor in Chief Marina Litvinovich explained the main findings in an interview with RFE/RL's Russian Service.
"The main conclusion of Savelyev's report concerns the first explosions in the gymnasium on September 3, which set off of the storming of the school," Litvinovich said. "In his report, Yury Petrovich Savelyev [says he] found out that the first shots against the gymnasium were made from a certain weapon -- the first shot was made from an RPO-A thermobaric flame-thrower, or a similar weapon, and the second shot was made from an RShG-1 rocket-propelled grenade."
Savelyev told Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio station that his investigation was initially based on the premise that the first two explosions resulted from the hostage takers' homemade explosives. However, he said the scientific evidence simply did not support that scenario.
He said that in conducting his investigation he found that surviving hostages were talking about explosions in parts of the school other than those referred to by officials.
Savelyev concluded that the authorities decided to storm the school building, but wanted to create the impression they were acting in response to actions taken by the hostage takers. Thus, Savelyev believes, the military may have initiated the bloody conclusion to the siege.
"It is known where the shots were fired from," Litvinovich said. "The first shot was fired from a five-story building at 37 Shkolny Pereulok, the second shot was fired from 41 Shkolny Pereulok. Those buildings are adjacent to the school. Accordingly, it is also known where the shots were fired at. The first shot was fired at the gymnasium's attic above the hostages, and the second shot was fired under a gymnasium window. However, it remains unclear who exactly fired the shots, but this question is less important. The more important question is who ordered it."
Numerous Questions Raised
Savelyev's report also claims that police in Chechnya learned of the attacks three hours ahead of time but failed to alert law-enforcement officials in North Ossetia.
He also raises the possibility that as many as 60-70 attackers were involved in the three-day siege. Officials have claimed that 32 hostage takers were involved, and that all but one were killed on September 3. The lone survivor among the hostage takers was sentenced to prison earlier this year.
Savelyev's report has become a lightning rod, drawing prominent supporters and detractors alike.
Stanislav Kesayev, the first deputy chairman of the North Ossetian parliament who headed the republic's investigation of Beslan, told Ekho Moskvy on August 28 that Savelyev "did a thorough job. He relied on his own knowledge as a weapons specialist and as a mathematician." Kesayev's own commission determined that the causes of the first and second explosions were unclear.A fellow member of the Duma's investigative commission said Savelyev's conclusions are based on personal opinions that "do not match the actual events at all."
And a member of the Beslan Mothers Committee, Ella Kesayeva, told the radio station that Savelyev's findings are comparable to those of the group's own independent investigation. She said Beslan Mothers is preparing to submit an appeal to the authorities.
Murat Kuboyev, a Beslan-based journalist, lauded Savelyev's for making his findings public.
"The Beslan Mothers Committee and the Voice of Beslan hoped very much that Savelyev would in fact make things clear," Kuboyev said. "We have known for a long time that security services were to blame for killing many of the hostages. It does not matter whether they did it intentionally or unintentionally. But the Prosecutor-General's Office flatly refuses to listen to the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw it."
However, others have refuted Savelyev's claims and accused him of playing politics.
Arkady Baskayev, a fellow member of the Duma's investigative commission, told Ekho Moskvy that Savelyev's conclusions are based on personal opinions that "do not match the actual events at all." He said expert examinations were carried out to determine the causes of the initial explosions, and that the scenario Savelyev's has forwarded was ruled out.
Investigators from the Prosecutor-General's Office and the North Ossetian police maintain that there was no concrete information about an impending attack.
On August 16, the official death toll resulting from the siege was raised to 332, when one of the victims died of complications resulting from her injuries
MIM: Message from Kavkaz the Chechen Jihad site announcing the death of Basayev
Alternatif-net] Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris became a Shaheed (insha ALlah)
Inna liLlahi wa inna ilay hi roji'un.. Shamil became a Shaheed (insha ALlah) Publication time: 10 July 2006, 20:07 The representative of Military Council of State Defense Council Majlisul Shura of CRI Abu Umar has reported to Kavkaz Center news agency that the vice-president of CRI, the Military Amir of Mujahideen of Caucasus, Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris became a Shaheed (insha Allah). The Chechen commander died as a result of an accidental spontaneous explosion of a truck, loaded with explosives on July 10 2006 in the region of the village Ekazhevo in Ingushetia. Three other Mujahideen became Shaheeds (insha Allah) together with him. The representative of Military Council has not reported any other details. At the same time he denied all claims of Russian side about a "special operation" against Shamil Basayev as a result of which ostensibly, the Chechen commander die. "There was no special operation whatsoever. Shamil and the other brothers of ours became Shaheeds (insha Allah) according to Allah's (swt) will. The Supreme one has his own plan and decision. And about the special operation, Mujahideen will show how it should be carried out ... ", - the representative of Military Council of State Defense Council Majlisul Shura of CRI stated. Let's remind that earlier occupation command has reported about an explosion in Ekazhevo and death of 4 Mujahideen. Only after 9 hours after the first news, kafirs have claimed of death of vice-president of CRI, the military Amir Shamil Abu-Idris. The representative of Ingush puppet militia has claimed that three of four Mujahideen have been unidentified and one of them is probably Shamil Basayev. The reason of explosion was a careless use of an explosive. Later on Russian side began to report all over again about 5 then 8, and then 12 ostensibly killed Mujahideen. Thus invaders have explained that as a result of huge explosion all other bodies "have been reduced to fragments and have literally disappeared". Representatives of puppet Ministry of Internal Affairs specified that at night from July 9 to 10, in 2 kilometers from village Ekazhevo of Nazran district of Ingushetia, a powerful explosion was occurred. The militiamen, who had arrived at a place, found out a burned down lorry and four bodies. Kavkaz Center ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Russia's Most Wanted Mujahideen Killed (CBS News) EKAZHEVO, Russia Chechen Commander Mujahideen Shamil Basayev, responsible for modern Russia's worst military attacks, was killed Monday when a dynamite-laden truck exploded in his convoy, Russian officials said. Federal Security Service head Nikolai Patrushev told President Vladimir Putin that Basayev had been killed overnight in a special operation conducted by Russian forces in Ingushetia, the area of southern Russia that borders Chechnya. Patrushev's meeting with Putin was shown on Russian state television. Basayev, 41, was behind some of Russia's worst military attacks, including the seizure of a Moscow theater in 2002 in which dozens of hostages and mujahideens died, the 2004 school hostage taking in Beslan that killed 331, and the seizure of about 1,000 hostages at a hospital in Budyonnovsk that killed about 100. Basayev wasn't in Beslan for the attack, but claimed to have organized both of the operations, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports. Basayev was so wanted for these attacks that Russians announced his death half a dozen times over the years, Palmer reports. For Putin, eliminating Basayev a fundamentalist Muslim had become a personal crusade. "This is the retaliation he deserved for killing our children," Putin said. Patrushev gave no details of Basayev's death in his televised remarks, but an Ingush regional Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said he had been killed while accompanying a truck filled with 220 pounds of dynamite that blew up in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo early Monday. Basayev was among four mujahideens killed in the blast. The Kavkaz-Center Web site, which is considered a voice for Basayev, confirmed that he died "as a martyr." Citing a member of the rebel parliament, Abu Umar, it said Basayev had died in an accidental explosion of a truck Monday. "There was no special operation. Shamil and other brothers of ours became martyrs by the will of Allah," he said. The site confirmed three other rebels had been killed in the blast. The Interfax news agency quoted Ingush Deputy Prime Minister Bashir Aushev as saying that Basayev's body had been identified "through some of the fragments, including his head." Patrushev told Putin that the Chechen rebels had hoped to "put political pressure on the Russian leadership" during the Group of Eight summit later this week, which Putin is chairing. Patrushev said the operation to eliminate Basayev, in which many other rebels were killed, was thanks to intelligence operations abroad, "especially in those countries where arms were collected." "This is deserved retribution for our children in Beslan, for Budyonnovsk, for all the military attacks that they committed in Moscow and in other regions of the Russian Federation including Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic," Putin said, adding that everyone who took part in the operation should be presented with state medals. President Bush said the man believed responsible for Russia's worst terrorist attacks in recent years had it coming. Asked about Basayev's death, Mr. Bush said, "If he's in fact the person who ordered the killing of children in Beslan, he deserved it." The attack on the Beslan school shocked Russia and divided the rebel movement, since civilians, including women and children, were taken hostage. Basayev was the most notorious of the Chechen Commanders, eluding Russian forces for years despite Kremlin vows to hunt him down and an offer of $10 million and plastic surgery to anyone providing information leading to his death. His grim, decade-long record of killing both civilians and soldiers reflected fanatical determination a ferocity Russia has said was bolstered by help from international mujahideen networks such as al Qaeda. Washington declared Basayev a terrorist and a threat to the United States. Basayev began his campaign even before the Soviet Union's demise, starting with the hijacking of an airliner in 1991, to attract interest in the separatist cause of Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim region in the Caucasus Mountains. After Russian forces entered Chechnya in 1994, his exploits became more prominent. Basayev's forces buried a container of radioactive material in a Moscow park in 1995 a warning of the mayhem they could inflict if they chose. The Budyonnovsk hospital raid brought Basayev fame at home. When Russian troops pulled out in 1996 and Chechnya prepared to elect a president to lead it to de facto independence, Basayev ran for the job. He lost to the late rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov and became his deputy. Basayev appeared at first to be trying to change from combatant to politician, trimming his flowing beard and trading his camouflage fatigues for a suit. Alu Alkhanov, president of the Kremlin-backed government in Chechnya, said Basayev's killing likely would undermine the Chechen rebel movement irreparably. "I consider that today can be considered the date of the logical end of the fight against illegal armed formations," he said, according to Interfax. Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who has frequently reported on Chechnya, agreed that Basayev's killing, if confirmed, would be a huge propaganda coup for Putin ahead of the G-8 summit. "Basayev is a major symbol for Putin, and his elimination just before the G-8 summit is an amazing present for him," she said. But she said that his death, just like that of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda in Iraq's slain leader, would not bring an end to the conflict in Chechnya and the wider North Caucasus region, which has been fueled by boiling resentment of widespread human rights abuses against civilians. "If you look at the situation in the North Caucasus, not just in Chechnya, the ranks of the rebel resistance are constantly being replenished," she said. Another rebel leader, Doku Umarov, pledged last month that rebels would step up their attacks against Russian forces. Umarov took over as Chechnya's new separatist leader last month after police killed Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev during a raid in an eastern Chechen town. Sadulayev's predecessor, Maskhadov, was killed in a police operation in March 2005. Maskhadov was considered more open to negotiations than Basayev, who cultivated a reputation for ruthlessness. Umarov last month named Basayev as his vice president. It was unclear whether that represented a radicalization of Umarov's faction or whether it was an attempt to rein in Basayev by Umarov, who had pledged not to continue attacks on civilians. ------------------------------------------------- Policemen inspect a blast site of a car at outskirts of the village of Yekazhevo in Ingushetia. The car damaged by an explosion that was believed to have killed Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev in the village of Ekazhevo in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia, July 10, 2006. (Said Tsarnayev/Reuters) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brothers in Shaheed 13.03.2003 Shamil Basayev does not consider himself a terrorist «I would not call this operation brilliant because we have not achieved our key goal which was to bury all those vermin from the puppet occupant government right in their «nest»," said well-known Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev in his interview to the Chechen news agency SHARIAT when asked to comment on the explosion of the House of Government in Grozny on December 27, 2002. In his interview which was released by SHARIAT on March 12, Basayev, head of the commando-type group, Riyadus Salikhyiin, confirmed his responsibility for organizing the raid but insisted that it was not an act of terror but a military operation under conditions of the active war. «We had attacked an institution of the occupant regime, and whatever anyone says, that was a classic act of sabotage," held Basayev. He also said that next time a similar action would be more successful. Prima News Agency ------------------------------------------------------ Shamil Basayev: "OK, so I'm a terrorist" Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Mon, 08/01/2005 - 05:46. Russia says it is outraged by an interview with Chechen guerilla leader Shamil Basayev broadcast by the ABC TV network, and the foreign ministry summoned a senior US diplomat in Moscow to express its "strong indignation" over the show. In the interview, the warlordwho claimed responsibility for the deadly raid on a school in Beslan, South Ossetiaadmitted he was a terrorist but said the Russians were terrorists too. More than 320 peoplehalf of them childrenwere killed in the Beslan attack last September. Russia is offering a $10 million reward for the capture of the warlord. The interview with Shamil Basayevrecorded at his hideout in Chechnyawas aired on ABC's Nightline program July 28. The Russian embassy in Washington said ABC's apparent decision to ignore Moscow's arguments against broadcasting the material was deplorable. The statement charged Basayev was "responsible for slaughtering innocent victims during many major terrorist attacks that he masterminded and personally perpetrated." It said: "The most shocking and deadliest of them was the cold-blooded killing of hundreds of children" in Beslan. The interview "runs counter to the spirit of Russian-American partnership in our joint fight against the global threat of terrorism," read the statement, which was also broadcast by ABC. In the interview, Mr Basayev, speaking through an interpreter, admitted that he was "a bad guy, a bandit." He openly stated: "OK, so I'm a terrorist, but what would you call them [the Russians]? If they are the keepers of constitutional order, if they are anti-terrorists, then I spit on all these agreements and nice words." The rebel leader accused Russia of killing thousands of Chechen women, children and elderly in what he described as "a colonial war". When asked if Beslan-style attacks could happen again, he said: "Of course they can. As long as the genocide of the Chechen nation continues...anything can happen." He refused to accept responsibility for the deaths of children killed in Beslan, blaming Russian authorities. (BBC, July 29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Shamil Basayev: My only purpose is validity Notification of the Chechenpress: The text of the interview of Shamil Basayev to the journalist Andrei Babitsky, shown on the American television on the 28 th of July this year, is taken from the site of the TV Company ABC. We are not responsible for authenticity of the text, published on the site. Verbose theoretical discourses of Ted Koppel, the TV- man of the program Nightline, are withdrawn from the text. ************************ I went by my own car. From Prague , I went through Ukraine , and got to Kerch . Across the Ukrainian Russian border, and then by taxi, got to Ingushetia. There I was met by someone connected to the resistance movement. It was late at night and I was then taken to the village of Nesterovsk . There I changed cars. As I got into the other car, much to my surprise actually, more than just surprise, it was a difficult moment for me, a shock. I saw Shamil Basayev seated in it. The shock was not out of fear. I've known Basayev for a long time. But I realized the consequences I'll have to deal with. I understood immediately that the Russian authorities would definitely charge me with collaborating with a terrorist, with terrorists. I want to say that the meeting was totally unexpected. Frankly speaking, I had no idea where I was. This was done so that, intentionally or not, I couldn't tell anyone where I'd been, and lead anyone to their hideout. ANDREI BABITSKY Tell me, please, you're the second-most wanted terrorist in the world. How long have you managed to stay alive this long? SHAMIL BASAYEV First of all, I'm not the second. And secondly, I'm not wanted. I, myself, am trying to find these terrorists. I'm looking for them in all of Russia . And I'll keep on looking and I'll keep on finding them. And I'll keep on punishing them. So, don't tell me they're trying to find me. I'm trying to find them. ANDREI BABITSKY As Russian troops leave, as you want them to, who should then rule Chechnya ? SHAMIL BASAYEV First thing that comes to mind are the words power to the people. I have never sought power and I have never fought for power. I have always fought for justice and justice has been my only goal. Honestly, I'm telling you, not in the least do I feel there is a hunt for me. But I'm a fighter. I'm at war. I can die anytime, even now. ANDREI BABITSKY What are you counting on? Do you really think that terror can force this regime to concessions, to negotiations? SHAMIL BASAYEV I don't need their negotiations. I need a stop to the genocide of the Chechen people. I need their occupying scum to leave our republic. I need guarantees that tomorrow future Chechen generations won't be deported to Siberia , like they were in 1944. That's why we need independence. Practically the whole world recognized that that was genocide. It's the Ruskies who are the terrorists. There is a struggle going on for our national independence. ANDREI BABITSKY Coming to Beslan, regardless of how you assess the potential of that operation and Putin's reaction, do you think it was right to risk the lives of children, to deprive them of water? Don't you have the feeling that you are responsible for the lives of these children, perhaps sharing this responsibility with Putin? SHAMIL BASAYEV Why should I share it with Putin? Officially, over 40,000 of our children have been killed and tens of thousands mutilated. Is anyone saying anything about that? ANDREI BABITSKY And you mean to say that now their children are to be responsible? SHAMIL BASAYEV It's not the children who are responsible. Responsibility is with the whole Russian nation, which with silent approval gives a yes. A nation that feeds their grasses who ravaged Chechnya . They collect food, things for them, they supply them. They pay taxes. They give approval in word and in deed. They are all responsible. And in Beslan, to be honest, I didn't expect this. But in Beslan, the issue was either stop the war in Chechnya or have Putin resign. Just one of those two things. Carry out one, and all people are released, no questions asked. Get it? There wasn't more to it. Well, you can ask why I did it. To stop the killing of thousands and thousands of Chechen children, Chechen women, and the elderly. Look at the facts. They have been kidnapped, taken away, murdered. ANDREI BABITSKY So, you think all is fine, as long as you don't shoot point-blank? You think putting children's lives at-risk is not the same as taking part in their killing? SHAMIL BASAYEV I will pull no punches to stop this genocide. But within the limits of my religion. And in my religion, Allah tells me in the Koran, fight against them how they fight against you, but do not cross the line. And I try not to cross the line. And I haven't yet. ANDREI BABITSKY What kind of feelings did you experience after Beslan? SHAMIL BASAYEV To tell you honestly, I was shocked. I swear, I never expected that. I never thought Putin was so blood-thirsty that he would manifest his thirst for blood. I didn't think he would. When confronted with a more serious situation, I thought they'd try to make some move like gas or something. That at least they wouldn't do anything against children. That was my thinking. I figured that the more brutal I could make it, the quicker they'd get the message. I thought it would work. But it's not sinking in yet. I never thought there would be small children in Beslan. It's a school. Anyway, the youngest would be a 6-year-old. There is a kindergarten across the road. I didn't see anyone. We studied maps, looked at all. I made the plans. And I told the commander, I told him, when Russian officials show up, hand them our demands officially and then release all less than 10 years old, no questions asked. That's what I told him. These were my conditions. I asked Basayev about the explosion inside the Beslan school, which actually started the storming of the building. He told me that according to his information, a sniper shot the Chechen, who in the gym held his foot down on the detonator of an explosive device. He was supposed to hold down the fuse all the time. But when the sniper shot him, he fell, removed his foot from the fuse and the explosion happened. ANDREI BABITSKY And what about the blown-up planes? SHAMIL BASAYEV Who said they'd been blown up? Where are the fact that they'd been blown up? Why didn't they blow them up? Why doesn't it occur to you that they shot them down? The demands were exactly the same, to stop the war. Why blame us? Think for yourself. ANDREI BABITSKY Say a couple of words more. They were only to hijack the planes? SHAMIL BASAYEV They were supposed to hijack the planes and demand an end to the war. And they were not supposed to let them land until there was some response. But they were immediately shot down. Whatever, our hijackers weren't supposed to blow up the planes just like that. And I wonder why both planes exploded at the same time. Same thing at the Dubrovka Theater. I told my men, all foreigners, must be released unconditionally. That was an order. But but you can release them, but they may not make it to safety. And it would look as if you killed them. Therefore, have everyone of them call the embassies, have a car drive up to the door. Car drives up, you let them out. But many weren't allowed to leave. And what do I have to do with it? I do what I can, whatever I can control. In Chechnya and everywhere else, I use methods that are reasonable and acceptable. Neither of my Mujahadeen have killed children, not here, not there. Not killing, it's a fact. As early as January 2004, I made an official statement. I said if Putin, as the leader of the gang which does all this damage to Chechnya , officially announces that he and his so-called army will start behaving in accordance with international law, we will quit all attacks and bombings on the territory of Russia . We will just fight these troops here in Chechnya . I made this official statement. Get it? And what was the answer? More kidnappings. And it all started more killings. It all went full-blast. ANDREI BABITSKY You call this a struggle for independence? SHAMIL BASAYEV And what would you call it? ANDREI BABITSKY Well, I think there's a religious motivation, as well. SHAMIL BASAYEV No. For me, it's first and foremost a struggle for freedom. If I'm not a free man, I can't live in my faith. I need to be a free man. Freedom is primary. That's how I see. Shari'a comes second. He's being searched for. He spoke about it. This year, they tried to poison him twice. From abroad, he gets shipments of some necessary medical equipment, prosthetics. He covers the stump of his leg with a special silicon sock. And one of the silicon socks that he got from abroad was saturated with poison. They tested it by placing it in a chicken coop. And a chicken died immediately. SHAMIL BASAYEV They tried to poison me twice this year. There were many skirmishes but my time is not up. My time will come and I won't need the Russian army to die. I will just die anyway. Everyone's time will be up sooner or later. It once again confirms the words of God, what Allah has in store for us. When my time comes, I will die. And the whole, wide world can do nothing to me, it can't hurt me. And if Allah has something good in store for me, so it will be. And nothing on earth can get in the way. ANDREI BABITSKY Can acts such as Beslan and the theater be repeated? SHAMIL BASAYEV Of course, they can. As long as the genocide of the Chechen nation continues, as long as this mess continues, anything can happen. Okay, I admit, I'm a bad guy. A bandit, a terrorist. Okay. So, I'm a terrorist. But what would you call them? If they are keepers of constitutional order, if they are anti-terrorists, then I spit on all these agreements and nice words. And I want to spit on the whole world if the whole world spits on me. ANDREI BABITSKY There's a pause, now. Does this mean you're planning something new? Or have you decided to take it easy for a while? SHAMIL BASAYEV I won't take it easy, even for a moment. The break we had over winter is more than enough. Yeah, I'm making plans. We'll see. We're always looking for new ways. If one thing fails, we'll look for something new. But we'll get there. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Many of my fellow Russians will ask why I haven't informed the Federal security service of this meeting, so then they could locate and apprehend a terrorist and criminal. My answer to this is, I absolutely distrust Russian power agencies. I'm convinced they wouldn't believe my words that I didn't know anything. They would decide that I'm concealing facts as to Basayev's whereabouts. I know how in Chechnya , and not only in Chechnya , the special services and the functions of the interior ministry work. How many people disappear without a trace. How many people undergo horrendous, unbelievable, inhuman torture. I think I'd subject myself to torture if I contacted the Federal security service. I think it's unwise and illogical to voluntarily choose such a fate for yourself. Chechenpress, the mass-media department, Chechenpress, 08.08.05 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- September, 1, 2005 --------------------------------- Shamil Basayev: We have got much to tell much about Beslan... The edition of the agency "Caucasus-center" has received an application of the First Vice-Premier of the government of the ChRI, the Deputy Amir to the SDC-Madjlisul Shura of the ChRI, Military Amir Abdullah Shamil Abu-Idris (Shamil Basayev). This application is composed in the style of the answer to the open letter of the Chechen journalist Ahmad Ichkeriiskiy, which was published on the site "Caucasus-center" more than a month ago. In the application of Shamil Abu-Idris one of the most painful and discussed for today theme of Beslan is mentioned. Some new facts, adduced by the Chechen General, can be considered to be sensational. The "Caucasus-center" publishes the full text of this application. Shamil Basayev: We have got much to tell about Beslan... Praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, who has created us Moslems and showed much favor to Jihad on His direct way! Peace and Blessings to Prophet Muhammad, his family, his ashabs and all those, who follow the direct way up to the Doomsday! And then: Assalam Alleikum, Ahmad Ichkeriiskiy! The Most High Allah says in the Sacred Koran: Say: Really, Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, Who does not have an associate, has my pray and sacrifice, my life and death. It is enjoined to me and I am the first one of the obedient . (62-163) The Prophet said, "Accept the Islam completely" . Dear brother, you have noticed it correctly, that "in order to make correct conclusions and to have a correct opinion, it is necessary to be independent". And our supporters and brothers "blaming and condemning" me today are not only dependent, but also they are hostages in those countries, where today they have found a temporary shelter. In fact, all of them are under the constant threat of extradition to the authorities of Russia , if they begin to express their opinions freely. Certainly, they have got enough courage and judiciousness, but they are also hostages and the erroneous policy, which they began to carry out in the beginning of this war, hoping for the aid and protection of the West. Therefore their speaking, hearts and deeds are separated and are not coordinated with each other. That is why there is an absence of understanding. Allah says, Do not be not afraid of people, but be afraid of Me (5) The Prophet said, "Let a person not be afraid of threats of people to tell the truth if he has found it out, seen or heard" . Therefore I not only am not upset with their reproaches, but on the contrary, I tell all brothers and sisters, "You are hostages and if you feel better because of it, abuse me as much as you want, but do not prevent me with deeds. I am not Danko and I will make you responsible for deeds, insha Allah". Other's deeds will not stick to me, for "a lie will leave, like a sea foam", and nobody will take away mine, for everyone "who follows the straight way, follows it for himself". But I urgently advise everybody not to forget the words of the Most High, Oh, those, who have believed! Testifying before Allah, defend the validity even if the testimony is against you, or against your parents, or against your close relatives. It does not matter, whether he is rich or poor, Allah is closer to both of them. Do not indulge desires in order not to recede from the validity. If you recede or evade, Allah knows what you do . (45) All of us are witnesses of the pig squeal, which was made by Russians after my interview to Babitsky. How Putin and Ivanov were chewing their snivels. And it happened because I had sounded the requirements of Shahids in Beslan - "Withdrawal of the armies or Putin's resignation!" This is what they are afraid of. A word of truth is more terrible for them than a bomb; therefore they try to isolate us from different directions and to liquidate our people with impunity. But Putin and his camarilla is only a soap bubble, which will soon burst. Allah says in the sacred Koran, By all means you will be tested with your property and by yourself, and by all means you will hear many unpleasant words from those, to whom the Holy Writ was granted before you and from multitheists. But if you are patient and God-fearing, in fact it is because of resoluteness in deeds. Prophet Muhammad said, "The group of my Umma, victorious in true, will not disappear. Those, who resist to them, will not damage them, until there is the will of Allah (i.e. the last Hour)" . (Muslim) As far as Beslan is concerned, really, if to play the political games of hypocrites, I should have kept silent or repudiated the brothers. But the matter is that I live my own life, instead of to play other's games. And what for should I refuse a successfully carried out operation, which has shown the real essence of Russicism? What for should we shoulder another's blame? And we were incited to this capture by the heads of special services of the Northern Ossetia, which had introduced in our group their agent Abdulla (Vladimir) Hodov, the operative nickname "Traveler". He was detained at funerals of his brother-mojahed and was offered a choice: either a prison with rape, or a work for them. In order to win my trust, they helped him to make some explosions in Vladikavkaz in structure of one Ingush group. Then Hodov, following the initiative of special services of Russia , offered us a Shahid operation with seizure of the parliament and the government of the Northern Ossetia . But having lived for about one month among mojaheds in Ingushetia, Hodov himself admitted to the Amir of the group, that he was an agent of the special services (the RUBOP and the FSB) and had the task to come closer to me. I met him, thanked him for sincerity and suggested him working further for blessing of the Islam, having become a double agent. After that, following my advice, he complained to the "heads", that he was trusted a little, as "they did not listen to words there, but looked at deeds". Russians helped him with blowing up of cadets; KAMAZs with liquid gas in Vladikavkaz, and blowing up of a passenger train. Thus "he won my trust" and since spring 2004 we "together" with special services of Russia prepared for the` capture of the governmental complex of the Northern Ossetia , planning it for the 6 th of September the Independence Day of the ChRI. Special services should have met the group at the entrance to Vladikavkaz and liquidate it, and Hodov should have hid in a manhole. Since the 31 st of August, we were opened the corridor for active collecting of investigation data and we by this corridor we came to Beslan, "having mixed up" the time and object of the attack. And it is not all yet. We have got much to tell about Beslan, and we waited until Russians would finish the "investigation", but all of them drag out this process, because they have nothing to tell the people. Today we are ready to an open international investigation of the Beslan events. We have a participant of this operation, ready to testify. The Most High says in the Koran, Allah strengthens believers with a firm word in the worldly life and in the Last life. And Allah misleads criminals - Allah does what He wishes. (14) A Chechen saying says, "Not the one, who is able to be at war, is the Man, but the one, who knows, who is his enemy". We should leave aside useless conversations and to leave the names of our real enemies at least for our descendants. Such enemies, as, for example, Michael Gutseriev, who plundered us in the beginning of the 90 th during the first war and plunders now, during the second one. With a hope to appropriate the Chechen oil, he armed and strengthened Kafyrov, having given him more than 35 million dollars in 2000-2004. Today he has given 5 million dollars to Alhanov for strengthening of his authority. He gave 20 million dollars to the employees of the law enforcement bodies in Beslan. And he deceived mojaheds in Beslan, having told them, that there would be no storm, and persuaded them to admit "the car of the Ministry of Emergency Measures" with soldiers from the troops of special purpose to the building. And in autumn of 2004 he was given an opportunity to buy two oil deposits in Siberia as a gratitude for it. The other day he opened a school in Djohar, built on "his own means" and declared, "A person with a rouble is stronger than a person with a gun". Well, it is possible to agree with it. But I responsibly declare, that the True is stronger than a rouble and a person with a rouble will not remain unpunished, insha Allah. He wants our oil on our blood, but we shall return the blood of our brothers and sisters to his house, to his relatives, at least, the blood of 32 Shahids in Beslan. We shall force him to choke with his own blood and to experience the bitterness of it, insha Allah. Gutseriev's case will be considered at the autumn session of the field Sheriyat Court , and we ask everybody to give available information on him. If we wish to stop the genocide of already not only Chechens, but also all other Caucasian peoples, we should give, at least, the information on the site of such creatures and their close relatives to mojaheds. We can stop the war only so, punishing its instigators. Today we are at war not against the Russian people, but against Russicism. This misanthropic imperial schizophrenia ideology, a mutated mixture of fascism, racism, chauvinism and one more -isma. We are at war not to kill people, but to defend our Freedom and Independence , our Belief and our way of life. And we are ready with pleasure to observance of the international rules of waging war by both sides for these rules are taken from Sheriyat. Difficulties and deprivations only strengthen the belief and determination of a Moslem. Allah pleases us in the Koran: Really, easing will come after each burden . (94) We, mojaheds, are self-sufficient and we are at war not for the sake of human approval, but for the sake of the Most High Allah. We wish to get the Future life with our terrestrial life, having preferred Allah and His envoy before all others. With the favor of Allah, this year we have opened the Caucasian front. Next year, insha Allah, we shall open the Moscow , the Volga region, and the Ural fronts. Jihad extends and more and more enslaved peoples come to understanding of the necessity to be released from the imperial yoke of Russia with combined efforts. And we, insha Allah, will soon necessarily win. We need only to be cleared of hypocrisy, to have patience and be ready to this victory. Allah in the Sacred Koran says, Really, non-believers spend their property on diverting others from the way of Allah. They will spend it, and then they will regret for it and after this they will be won. Non-believers will be collected in the hell . (8) And Allah will help us! Allah Akbar! Yours faithfully, Military Amir of mojaheds Abdullah Shamil Abu-Idris "Caucasus-center" Chechenpress, 01.09.05
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