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Chechen, Ingush Leaders Cross Swords Over Galashki Deaths

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
Republic of Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov have each rejected the other’s account of a recent incident in the Ingushetian village of Galashki close to the border between the two republics in which at least two insurgents were killed. Kadyrov has gone even further, accusing Yevkurov of seeking to drive a wedge between the Chechens and Ingush, and of not supporting those members of Ingushetia’s Muslim clergy who reject Islamic extremism
 
Yevkurov initially said on July 31 that two insurgents were killed and a third injured late on July 29 when an improvised explosive device they were assembling apparently detonated prematurely. He named the two men killed as Idris Abayev and Alikhan Dovladov. Yevkurov’s website posted pictures of the devastation caused by the blast.
 
Kadyrov, however, told journalists in Grozny on August 1 that the incident in Galashki, in Ingushetia’s Sunzha district that borders on Chechnya, took place the previous day. Kadyrov said Chechen Interior Ministry personnel launched a special operation and succeeded in killing senior Chechen insurgency commanders Zaurbek Avdorkhanov, Ibragim Avdorkahanov, and Ayub Khadov, who had come to Galashki to fetch a bride for Ibragim Avdorkhanov. 
 
Kadyrov recalled that Zaurbek Avdorkhanov headed one of the three bands of fighters who attacked Kadyrov’s home village of Khosi-Yurt (Tsentoroi) in late August 2010.
 
Some Republic of Ingushetia officials offered a slightly different version of events after Russian media reported Kadyrov’s statements. Republic of Ingushetia Security Council secretary Akhmed Kotiyev told the daily “Kommersant” that the men killed were indeed the Avdorkhanov brothers and Khaladov. Unnamed Republic of Ingushetia security personnel told the same paper that the incident took place on July 31. 
 
Yevkurov, however, stuck to his original account. He convened a press conference on August 2 at which he denied point blank that any security personnel from Chechnya took part in a “special operation” to kill insurgents. Yevkurov said that the Ingushetian authorities were informed that insurgents from Chechnya regularly come to villages in Ingushetia close to the border between the two republics, and that “we knew they intended to stage a series of major terrorist acts.” Yevkurov said again that two men were killed and one injured when a bomb exploded. He said the Chechen authorities were informed, and came to collect the two bodies and the wounded fighter.
 
Kadyrov for his part professed “perplexity” that a professional security officer such as Yevkurov (who served for years in Russian military intelligence) should fail to acknowledge as such what Kadyrov termed “a meticulously planned special operation to wipe out terrorists, planned in the utmost secrecy and carried out by a handful of operatives.” 
 
Kadyrov further alleged that Yevkurov telephoned the Chechen presidential administration after that special operation to request that the press be informed that Republic of Ingushetia security personnel also took part in it. He went on to accuse Yevkurov of inconsistency in affirming, first that insurgents do not use Ingushetian territory as a base, and then that he was aware that they were planning terrorist operations in Ingushetia.
 
Kadyrov warned that if Yevkurov is incapable of “restoring order” in Ingushetia, or has no interest in doing so, “we shall do it for him.” Kadyrov even claimed the Avdorkhanov brothers “lived more or less permanently” in Galashki. That assertion is difficult to reconcile with video footage of a council of war convened on April 20 by self-styled Caucasus Emirate head Doku Umarov, in which Zaurbek Avdorkhanov was identified as amir of the Kurchaloi district east of Grozny, some 80 kilometers from Galashki.
 
Kadyrov said the Chechen authorities had alerted their Ingushetian counterparts to the presence of insurgents in border villages and proposed joint operations against them, but that Yevkurov declined that offer as encroaching on the territory of his republic. The Ingushetian authorities were reportedly not informed in advance about the air strikes in March 2011 that killed more than a dozen Chechen militants near the Ingushetian village of Verkhnii Alkun, including veteran fighter Supyan Abdullayev, one of Umarov’s closest associates. 
 
Kadyrov alleged that Yevkurov’s “thoughtless pronouncements” only serve to fuel enmity between the populations of Chechnya and Ingushetia. For good measure, Kadyrov accused Yevkurov of failing to support “traditional Islam” in Ingushetia. And recalling the celebration in June of the 20th anniversary of Ingushetia’s separation from Chechnya, he warned that Grozny might insist on formally demarcating the border between the two republics. Four years ago, Chechen ombudsman Nurdi Nukhadjiyev implied that Chechnya might lay claim to Sunzha and part of the Malgobek district of the Republic of Ingushetia, both of which were part of Chechnya prior to the creation in January 1934 of the Checheno-Ingush Autonomous Oblast. 
 
Yevkurov immediately hit back at Kadyrov, telling the radio station Ekho Moskvy he expects Kadyrov to call him to explain precisely what he meant by his remarks. Yevkurov added that his own methods of combating insurgents differ from those of Kadyrov. He also expressed surprise that Kadyrov personally, rather than one of his aides or the head of the Chechen Interior Ministry, should have announced the alleged operation by Chechen security personnel. “We are heads of [federation] subjects and ought to refrain from such mutual accusations,” he was quoted as saying
 
Yevkurov’s term as Republic of Ingushetia head expires in less than three months, and since the start of the year, the opposition Mekhk Kkhel (shadow parliament) has repeatedly petitioned first Dmitry Medvedev and then Vladimir Putin to replace him. Yevkurov’s defiance of Kadyrov suggests that either he does not care whether or not he is reappointed to serve a second term, or that he has received assurances that as the sole North Caucasus republic head willing to stand up to Kadyrov, he can rely on the Kremlin’s continued support.
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by: Andre from: Canada
August 05, 2012 10:42
"as the sole North Caucasus republic head willing to stand up to Kadyrov, he can rely on the Kremlin’s continued support."

1) Yevkurov has no support from the Kremlin because Putin is in the Kremlin and he only supports Kadyrov.
2) those who already stood up to Kadyrov in recent years are dead,for example Ruslan and Sulim Yamadayev
3) Yevkurov is much weaker than Kadyrov and he will lose this "fight". I am sure,that soon he will be replaced by another ingush puppet-leader,who is willing to submit to Kadyrov´s demands
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by: Sey from: World
August 05, 2012 16:03
The Yamadayevs controlled the military in Chechnya before Kadyrov arrived. If Kadyrov wanted to have military dominance, they both had to go.

But in Yevkurov's case or in any past and future Ingush leader's case, they represent no threat to Kadyrov's powerbase. Unless, of course, if Kadyrov is planning to annex Ingushetia.

by: Mr. White
August 05, 2012 11:21
Two dogs barking at each other. Very good. We Chechens and Ingush happy to see that. May Allah increase fitna in their ranks. )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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by: m humza from: pk
August 12, 2012 13:50
both are pigs of RU

by: Orstkho from: G1alg1aiche
August 05, 2012 12:36
"Four years ago, Chechen ombudsman Nurdi Nukhadjiyev implied that Chechnya might lay claim to Sunzha and part of the Malgobek district of the Republic of Ingushetia, both of which were part of Chechnya prior to the creation in January 1934 of the Checheno-Ingush Autonomous Oblast."
No, they were never part of Chechnya. This land belonged to Orstkhoi. Russians illegally formed Cossacks ASSR on the place of the land, which like dagger divided Chechnya and Ingushetia. The ASSR included Karabulak which was the center of the region, and Karabulaki was one of the Orstkhoi teip who associated themselves with Ingushetia. Orstkhoi are present both in Chechnya and Ingushetia and the land which belongs to Ingush Orstkhoi was given to them. The land which belonged to Chechen Orstkhoi was given to Chechnya. If Kadyrov won't shut up we will ask Chechen Orstkhoi to reunite with us, the majority brothers from Ingushetia, and Kadyrov will loose land and people instead of gaining.

by: Anonymous
August 05, 2012 13:42
I don't want to see the verbal "crossing swords". Please cross swords for real and Chechen-Ingush people will say thank you God for one dead commie, if the people are lucky both commies will stab each other to death ......... haha.

by: Sergey from: Moscow
August 05, 2012 20:04
hello. Ok Ruslan and Sulim Yamadayev are dead,but where are Isa Yamadayev and Said-Magomed Kakiyev????????? Are they hiding???

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