After the Georgian Interior Ministry published the names of 7 Mujahideen killed in action in the Lopota Gorge, first Russian newspaper Kommersant, and then Georgian media outlets spread reports that among the dead was a former bodyguard of Zakayev, who has been living for many years in London, Dukvakha Dushuyev.
In an interview to Georgian media, Zakayev confirmed that it was exactly his former security guard who had been granted political asylum in Britain a few years ago.
"I know that in the last six months Dukvakha Dushuyev who has political asylum in Britain, did not stay in Russia and lived in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. It is unclear how he ended up in this group,
which, according to the official version of the Georgian security forces, crossed into Georgia with subversive purposes", said Zakayev to Georgian television station TV9.
Zakayev promised to clarify the situation and then report to Georgian media all he knows.
The issue of the former bodyguard of Zakayev, who was killed in the battle in Lopota Gorge on border with Dagestan, has been widely reported by Russian and Georgian media.
It is to be recalled that Dushuyev was captured by Russian troops at the beginning of the Second Russian-Chechen War, but was later released and left Chechnya for the West. Dushuyev was a witness in the case over extradition of Zakayev to Russia, which was heard in a London court. He refuted his previous statements that Zakayev had ordered abductions and murders, in which Moscow accused the former Chechen minister and demanded his extradition. Dushuyev explained that he testified under tortures while in captivity. His evidences were the arguments for the London Court not to extradite Zakayev.
Meanwhile, Georgian media continue to actively discuss different versions of bloody events happened on the border between Georgia and Dagestan.
Tbilisi is still claiming that a squad of Mujahideen, which Georgian officials call subversive, came to Georgia from Dagestan.
Some commentators have linked the emergence of this group with the activation of Russian troops in Dagestan on the border with Georgia and the preparation of a new invasion of the country.
Georgian opposition exploits the version that Georgia's president Saakashvili and his inner circle stand behind the events in the Lopota Gorge and that they are allegedly intentionally provoking tensions on the eve of parliamentary elections.
However, all these versions have no basis and are either a fantasy or an attempt by various political forces to come up with the most profitable version of their own political interests.
The KC has previously published information about what really happened in the Lopota Gorge citing its own sources. In fact, a detachment of recruits, secretly formed by the command of the Mujahideen on the border between Dagestan and Georgia, moved to a destination site on the territory of Dagestan to take part in the fighting against Russian occupation forces.
A leakage of information about the group's route occurred at the last stage of the operation. Georgian authorities immediately sent a large number of their special forces backed by helicopters against the unit of the recruits.
The Georgian command entered into negotiations with the Mujahideen and invited them to lay down arms. The Georgian authorities said that the appearance of an armed group on its territory is regarded as a provocation, which could be used by Russia as a pretext for a new military invasion of Georgia.
During the negotiations, which lasted more than a day, the recruited Mujahideen refused to lay down arms and offered the Georgian authorities to unblock the route for further movement of the Mujahideen and to allow them to leave without hindrance the territory of Georgia which they had entered during their movement to destination site. After the negotiations stalled, a battle started.
The KC sources denied Georgian reports that the Mujahideen squad took hostages from among the civilian Georgian population. On the contrary, it is because the recruits released five Georgians, whom they incidentally met en route, the leakage occurred followed by subsequent tragic events.
Department of Monitoring