Umar S. Israilov, a former bodyguard of the president of Chechnya, for two years relentlessly accused the president of participating in torture sessions. In January, he was gunned down in Vienna.
Israilov saw the men who had come to kill him. They confronted him in the neighborhood where he lived in hiding in Vienna. He must have sensed their intentions, because he ran.
Israilov had accused Russia’s government of allowing a macabre pattern of crimes in Chechnya. Even by the dark norms of violence in the Caucasus, his accusations were extraordinary.