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 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.