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Three Confess to Kadyrov Assassination Plot: Report

Though details remain sketchy, the affair seems to center around a feud between the Chechen leader and a prominent local family.

31 January 2017

Three men have confessed to plotting to kill Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (pictured) last year, a leading Russian independent news source reports.


The men, Aziz Alviev, Beslan Zakaraev, and Shamhan Magomadov, told Chechen police on 23 January that the man behind the plot was Isa Yamadayev, a politician and a member of one of Chechnya's most influential families, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper claimed, according to The Moscow Times.


Since the 2000s several Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed after reporting on the harsh methods used against suspected rebels, journalists, and ordinary citizens who question the hardline Chechen regime.


The men were arrested in Gudermes on 23 January. They reportedly planned to use “grenade launchers, automatic firearms, and explosive devices” in an attack on Kadyrov, Meduza reports, also based on the Novaya Gazeta story.


The police report did not indicate when the assassination was meant to take place, although Novaya Gazeta thinks they launched a failed attack in the village of Benoy last spring.


Kadyrov dismissed rumors of a plot against him after Novaya Gazeta broke the story in October.


The night before his resounding re-election to the Chechen presidency in September, Kadyrov told a Chechen journalist any threats against his life were not “serious.”


“There were moments [of danger], but the security services were working throughout this time and these criminals were not able to carry out their plans,” The Moscow Times quotes him as saying.



  • Around the time of the purported assassination attempt last spring, about 100 people from Benoy, including members of prominent families and relatives of high-ranking officials such as Kadyrov himself, were rounded up in several parts of Chechnya, according to the Novaya Gazeta report.


  • Yamadayev and his brother Badrudi allegedly blame the Chechen leader for the deaths of their two brothers in 2008 and 2009. Adam Delimkhanov – Kadyrov’s top aide and a Duma deputy – was initially wanted by Dubai law enforcement in connection with the murder of one of the brothers in the Gulf state in 2009, but the charges were later dropped, The Moscow Times writes. Isa Yamadayev himself is said to be in Dubai after fleeing Chechnya last spring.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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