Ruslan Yamadaev, eldest brother of the influential Yamadaev family in Chechnya, was killed by unknown gunmen in the centre of Moscow on 24 September 2008. He was gunned down just a few hundred metres from the White House, the official seat of the Russian government. Lt Gen (Rt) Sergey Kizyun, former military commander of Chechnya, who was in the car with Yamadaev, was seriously injured in the attack.
Yamadaev, former Duma deputy, was killed after a meeting in the Kremlin with government officials. The discussion centered on the fate of the members of the Vostok battalion in Chechnya, headed by Yamadaev’s brother, Sulim Yamadaev. Chechnya’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, is in open conflict with Sulim Yamadaev, and has pressured members of the Vostok battalion to join his forces.
In November 2006, another of Kadyrov’s foes, Movladi Baysarov, was gunned down on Moscow’s central Lenin Avenue by members of Kadyrov’s special forces. Baysarov was the commander of the FSB’s Gorets special forces unit in Chechnya. His conflict with Kadyrov had ensued after the latter decided to disband the Gorets paralimitary unit. Before his death, Baysarov gave interviews accusing Kadyrov of murders.