There was an assassination attempt against the Chechen strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, in his home town of Tsentoroi, according to press reports. Referring to sources in law enforcement agencies, the Caucasian Knot reported that the would-be killer was one of Kadyrov’s close relatives. The young man shot at Kadyrov with an automatic rifle, but Kadyrov’s bodyguards managed to protect him and shoot the assailant.
The Moscow-based tabloid, Moskovsky Komsomolets, reported that Kadyrov was meeting with his closest confidants, when he received a letter from the leader of the Chechen resistance, Dokka Umarov. The letter said Kadyrov was unable to control the situation in Chechnya, not even in is personal fortress in Tsentoroi. As a proof that Kadyrov is nowhere safe, Umarov wrote, he would find bullets and a note in his own toilet.
According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, Kadyrov really did find bullets and a note from Umarov in his toilet. The note said that Kadyrov should look for a traitor from among his closest circle. Kadyrov then reportedly lined up everybody in his fortress, looking for the traitor. At some point, the would-be killer’s nerves failed and he tried to shoot Kadyrov, who was, however, covered by his bodyguard. Three people were killed in the shootout: two bodyguards and the assailant, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.
The press spokesman of Ramzan Kadyrov denied the reports about an assassination attempt, saying the reports were a provocation against Chechnya. Kadyrov himself claimed that the situation in the whole of Chechnya is peaceful and stable. In his words, Tsentoroi itself is safer than the Oval Office of the President of the United States. Commenting the claim that Umarov left him a note in the toilet, Kadyrov said Umarov cannot go to the toilet in peace himself.