Pro-Western Chechen democrats based in Europe want to "prosecute" Movladi Udugov, the head of the Informational-Analytical Service of the Emirate of Caucasus, for his role in the Mujahideen raid on Dagestan in 1999.
A statement signed by Salman Abubakarov, "chairman of the Committee on Sharia Law and Religion of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria", was posted on Chechenpress web-site on March 8, 2009. According to the statement, the democratic "government" of Ichkeria accuses Udugov of taking part in organizing the Mujahideen raid on Dagestan in 1999, which allegedly violated the peace treaty between Russia and Ichkeria, signed by the two countries after the first war, and also allegedly helped Russia in justifying its aggression against Chechnya.
These accusations were already refuted by Commander Shamil Basayev almost four years ago in his famous interview
given to journalist Andrey Babitskiy. Basayev told that it was Russia who violated the peace treaty by its small-scale raids into Chechen territory and other hostile actions after the first war and before the Dagestan raid, he also told that Russia was going to invade Chechnya even if Mujahideen would not give it any alleged justification by their raid.
The statement also directly accuses Udugov of being a Russian spy, without elaborating. The accusations by the democrats follow announcements
by Mukhabarat that it was investigating involvement of some Chechen democrat leaders abroad in killing Aslan Maskhadov and Abdul-Halim Sadulayev, and an attempt on Dokka Umarov, apparently hinting at Akhmed Zakayev as a suspect. Zakayev was directly accused
by the Emirate officials of being a Russian agent, when an audio "intercepted" by Russian secret services was posted on Chechenpress web-site. The fact was used by the Mukhabarat as a proof that Zakayev had close ties with the Russian security services.
It is also worth mentioning, that the "Committee on Sharia Law" wants to prosecute Udugov based on the secular "Criminal code of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria".