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Chechen Separatist Leader's Brother Surrenders

Doku Umarov (file photo) (TV screen shot) August 18, 2006 -- Chechnya's pro-Moscow government says the younger brother of Chechen separatist leader Doku Umarov has voluntarily surrendered.

Government spokesman Lyoma Gudayev said he turned himself in at the
residence of Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov in Gudermes today.

Doku Umarov took over the leadership of the separatist movement in June
after Russian forces killed Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev. Umarov's importance
to the separatist movement increased further in July after separatist
commander Shamil Basayev was killed.

Neither Russian nor Chechen officials have commented on whether the terms of Umarov's brother's surrender were related to an amnesty offered last month for separatist fighers who agree to disarm.

(RFE/RL's North Caucasus service, with agency reports)

Shamil Basayev

Shamil Basayev

Shamil Basayev in September 1999 (epa)

MASTERMIND OF BUDYONNOVSK, BESLAN: Radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev waged a 15-year campaign against Russian control of Chechnya, including masterminding some of the most audacious terrorist acts the world has ever seen. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting about Basayev in recent years.


The Rise Of Russia's 'Terrorist No. 1'

Is Basayev Planning To Torpedo The Russian-Chechen Power-Sharing Treaty?

Basayev Rejoins Chechen Rebel Government

Basayev Pledges More Attacks

Basayev Says He Helped Plan Nalchik Raid

Basayev Says Beslan Raid Prompted By FSB Sting

Moscow Says It Will Punish U.S. TV Network Over Basayev Interview

Budyonnovsk Marks 10th Anniversary Of Terrorist Raid

Look Back In Anger -- Ten Years Of War In Chechnya


An annotated timeline of the conflict.


RFE/RL's complete coverage of Russia's war-torn Republic of Chechnya.