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Discrepant reports about Kadyrov, Jr.

Publication time: 30 April 2004, 00:12

Starting last week, or rather April 22, persistent rumors started to be circulating in Chechnya that son of the head of puppet administration in Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov was seriously wounded by his bodyguard.

 

On April 25 Kavkaz Centerís source inside the unit of Chechen Commander Rizvan Chitigov reported that son of the head of the puppet regime Ramzan Kadyrov might have been seriously wounded. Unconfirmed reports say that he was wounded when he got into an argument with his bodyguard, who shot at Kadyrov, Jr. by using his handgun.

 

But by the end of the day Moscow-based Interfax news agency denounced this report referring to Ramzan Kadyrov himself. Interfax claimed that during a telephone interview he said that he never had any conflicts whatsoever with his bodyguards when weapons would be involved.

 

But following this denial, representative of Commander Chitigov contacted Kavkaz Center again and said that he was 100% sure that three days ago in the city of Gudermes Kadyrov, Jr. was shot at by one of his bodyguards after he insulted his bodyguard in public.

 

About a day after the first reports came in and after the first denials made by the Russian side, Chechen Commander Rizvan Chitigov called the editors of Kavkaz Center and reported the following. Quote:

 

ęOur operative reports say that 3-4 days ago Magomed Khanbiyev shot Ramzan Kadyrov (head of Chechnya's puppet administration) in the head. In response Kadyrov Jr.ís bodyguards opened fire at Khanbiyev. Magomed Khanbiyev died, and Kadyrovís son survived but is in a serious condition. No other details are available so far and we are currently verifying this report once againĽ.

 

Thus, Commander Chitigov claims that Magomed Khanbiyev, who allegedly surrendered to the invadersí command voluntarily, was the one shooting at Kadyrov, Jr., and not his bodyguard.

 

But during a phone conversation with a Kavkaz Center reporter Magomed Khanbiyevís brother Umar, who is now in Europe, said that he has no information in this connection, because his contacts with his home are limited.

 

April 28 Umar Khanbiyev told Kavkaz Center that he had a phone conversation with one of his distant relatives Wednesday afternoon. The relative did not confirm that Magomed Khanbiyev was dead. But the relative did say that Ramzan Kadyrov was shot at. But Magomed was not the one who was shooting.

 

Also April 28 in the afternoon new report about Kadyrov, Jr. came from Chechnya. This time it was reported that Ramzan Kadyrov died in a hospital from gunshot wound in the head that he sustained last week. This information came from relatives of A. Kadyrovís sister, who are living in Egypt, and whom several other sources in Egypt were referring to as well. They reported that Kadyrovís relatives were receiving condolences from their friends and relatives.

 

Several hours later ASN News reported that friend of Kadyrovís sisterís relative denounced the report that her nephew died. He stated that this information is total nonsense and even a report that he was wounded is pretty doubtful.

 

Nevertheless the news agency mentioned that Kadyrovís sisterís home phone did not answer the whole day. Ahmad Kadyrovís relatives are living in prestigious neighborhood of Cairo, Medinet Nasr.

 

During the whole day on Wednesday Russian media were dead silent about it and had no reaction on the reports that Kadyrov, Jr. was possibly wounded or shot dead. Only late at night on April 28 Gazeta.ru internet edition took a risk to touch on this subject.

 

In its lengthy article with the story about wounded Kadyrov the periodical claimed that it was some propagandistic action devised by Kavkaz Center, even though all specific sources of information were mentioned in the reports about Kadyrov, Jr., which have been published on kavkazcenter.com since April 25.

 

Whatever it is, Gazeta.ru reported that its correspondent talked to Ramzan Kadyrovís assistant, who denounced all reports that his master was wounded. And moreover, he said that on April 28 Kadyrov, Jr. spent the whole day with well-known Ingushetian policeman Gutseriyev, who came to visit him. And before that Kadyroví Jr. was soloing in front of TV cameras of the Namedni program (on one of Moscowís central TV channels).

 

Gazeta.ru probably never got a chance to talk to the guest of the upcoming program.

 

This whole story looks kind of strange. Especially because Ramzan Kadyrov himself is not in too much of a hurry to appear in public. Maybe the Namedni program with Kadyrov Jr. will eliminate all questions; but when was it filmed anyway?

 

The questions are still remaining, especially when there are reasons not to believe Russian mass media or Kadyrovís family.

 

Last year on October 5 a sabotage unit of Chechen Armed Forces shot Kadyrovís oldest son Zelimkhan, who is now paralyzed. Back then only 10 days later the Russian side reported that Zelimkhan Kadyrov had some health problems. Russian reports were claiming that he got into a car accident. No information about Kadyrovís oldest son has been available ever since.

Ali Merzho,

Kavkaz-Center


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