Sulim Yamadaev killed in Dubai

Reports are coming in that Sulim Yamadaev, former commander of the Russian battalion “Vostok” in Chechnya, was killed on 28 March 2009 in Dubai. The information comes from Chechen refugees living in the UAE. Yamadaev is an opponent of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

Reports say that police captured some Russians, after cameras caught them on tape shooting at Yamadaev. UAE security forces suspect that those captured are members of Russian special services. Emirates News Agency (WAM) reports, however, that the man who was assassinated was one Suleiman Madov.

The Russian Consul in Dubai, Sergey Krasnogor, confirmed on Monday that the Chechen killed on Saturday in Dubai was indeed Sulim Yamadaev. Mr Krasnogor said seven people with Russian surnames had been arrested in connection with the case.

Ruslan Yamadaev, eldest brother of the Yamadaev family, was assassinated in Moscow in September 2008. He was gunned down a few hundred metres from the White House, the official seat of the Russian government, after a meeting in the Kremlin with government officials.

Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, former president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, was killed in Qatar by two undercover GRU officers in 2004. The agents were caught and convicted by a court in Qatar, but later released “to serve their sentence” in Russia.

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  3. Isa Yamadaev, brother of Sulim Yamadaev, told Ukraine’s MIGnews that the three bullets hit Sulim Yamadaev. The victim was taken to reanimation, and his condition is now critical but not life-threatening, Isa Yamadaev said.

    Novye Izvestiya cites sources close to the investigation into the incident saying that Sulim Yamadaev is dead. Radio Echo of Moscow reports that there is a body of one Chechen in the Dubai morgue. Authorities refuse to comment.

  4. The Chechen shot in Dubai on 28 March 2009, Suleiman Madov, was, in fact, Sulim Yamadaev, Kommersant reports. The two names are apparently written in a similar fashion in Arabic.

    The police in Dubai have confirmed that the man who was shot died. A Russian lawyer working in Dubai told that Yamadaev was shot three times: twice in the stomach and once in the heart.

  5. UAE’s Prosecutor General presented its case on the Yamadayev case to a court in Dubai on 22 July 2009. The prosecutor charges those accused in the case of “attempted murder,” rather than murder. This may signify that Sulim Yamadayev did, in fact, survive, as his relatives have insisted.

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