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Kadyrov Again Claims Chechen Rebel Umarov Is Dead; Boasts Of Killings

Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo)Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo)
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Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo)
Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (file photo)

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Is Doku Umarov Really Dead? Assessing The Circumstantial Evidence

Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, who over the past four years has repeatedly declared that self-styled Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov has “probably,” or even “with 99 percent certainty” been killed, announced on January 16 that evidence has surfaced to corroborate that claim.
"Izvestia" newspaper has quoted Chechen leader Ramazan Kadyrov reiterating that he thinks the leader of the Islamic insurgency in the region, Doku Umarov, is dead.

In the interview, published on January 28, Kadyrov claimed that Umarov was severely injured during security operations in Chechnya two months ago and died from his wounds.

According to Kadyrov, secret talks between Umarov's close associates -- allegedly monitored by Chechen intelligence services -- prove Umarov is dead.

In the same interview, Kadyrov also bragged that several years ago he personally killed four brothers of Aslambek Vadalov, a possible replacement for Umarov as insurgency leader.

Kadyrov first said Umarov was dead in December and repeated that claim earlier this month.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN last week that Umarov should be considered alive as long as there is no firm evidence confirming his death.

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