Chechen strongmen in firefight

Two armed groups both belonging to Chechen security forces engaged in a firefight in the town of Gudermes. The armed clash was between members of the personal body guard of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and those of the commander of the federal Vostok battalion of Sulim Yamadaev. The two men have long been at loggerheads, at times escalating into armed clashes.

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  1. The conflict between Ramzan Kadyrov’s forces and those of Sulim Yamadaev is likely to escalate soon.

    Kadyrov’s men have surrounded Yamadaev’s HQ in Gudermes, and have arrested several members of Yamadaev’s Vostok battalion.

    Both sides prepare for battle. Kadyrov vows that there is no room for criminals in Chechnya.

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