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.