MK, Novaya Gazeta, Khasbulatov remark, some photos ; Bunker without air
- Well, these articles have been already dated, and it's still hard to
speculate, but even before it was pretty obvious to me that Maskhadov
was betrayed. His son, Anzor, begun to realise that now too. Zakayev
and Udugov and many Chechens might not believe in it yet, - I suppose
because that's a shame that a traitor has been working among the
In my view Maskhadov was killed in Tolstoy-Yurt, and it appears that
his death was caused by a single shot to the head (only an independent
autopsy can actually confirm this). In this link below, it can be seen
on #7 photo [http://www.newsru.com/russia/08mar2005/finita.html#15%5d,
on #3 frame a computer printer can be seen.
If anyone got actually this $10 mln reward we might never know.
Btw, below is Ruslan Khasbulatov's very short comment to the Polish
I think, Aslan Maskhadov was betrayed by someone, whom he trusted, by
someone from his entourage. There have to be people in Chechnya who
are ready to sell and buy anyone for this kind of sum. I don't know
how to relate to the fact of paying out this reward for his head. But
Alkhanov's statement, that now it will be possible to capture Basayev
sooner, I consider as a total rubbish. How Maskhadov was killed it
doesn't matter. There was the man, he's gone, and in Chechnya nothing
will change. People perish in war, and war goes on.
Guerilla skirmishes go there all the time, and will go on till
conditions won't improve. I have on my mind some economic, political
things, the future for the republic. In my eyes Maskhadov wasn't a
strong personality and good president, so I would't pay much attention
to his successor's statement. I feel sorry, that they don't hand over
his body to his family. I think's they should do that as soon as possible.
FYI; Some pics that should help a little bit to see how this house in
Tolstoy-Yurt looked like
entry to the alleged bunker (I assume by the guest house)
the guest (adobe-clay) house
main entrance to the court-yard, the purple fence visible
http://www.mk.ru/numbers/1541/article49870.htm (my tr)
Bunker without air
Why for staging of this assault on Maskhadov they've chosen Tolstoy-
Yurt? In the vicinity of this village are active many holes, from
which they steal oil and send it on railroad to Chervlenaya station,
some twenty kilometers to the north. In Tolstoy- Yurt and around it,
there are no fighters, there are only looters of oil, and judging from
the fact, that this business flourishes there, they are completely
loyal to the present authority, splitting with them a portion of their
profits . Thus, Tolstoy-Yurt is under good control, and during this
staging, an attack of the fighters on any large deployment of
federals there, is practically excluded .
Musa Yusupov, the owner of the house, where allegedly Maskhadov was
hiding, could be an agent of the FSB or Ramzan Kadyrov's. Possibly, a
paid one. His assignement - to confirm that Makhadov hid in his house.
When all documents will be designed, they will classify the case and
they will silently let Musa go, at the worst case scenario, they will
announce for the public, that Maskhadov penetrated into the house
secretly, the day before at night, but the owner didn't know about
this. If the operatives were actually interested in the circumstances
of Maskhadov staying, then they would arrest all those, who during
that day were in the house, but this didn't happen: the women were let
go almost immediately, having been formally questioned in
Goryachevodsk. The inhabitants of house must have seen Maskhadov, if
he lived there long enough. At least, because there's no toilet in the
bunker. And in order for the need, it's necessary to come out outside.
The house, in which allegedly Maskhdov was hiding was absolutely not
fitted for a safe house. As is evident in the diagram, from this
house, in the case of zachistka, there's nowhere to escape. This
contradicts the prevailing tactics of the fighters. Usually a house,
in which an important person hides, is equipped with reliable
withdrawal routes. In Gudermes, where Maskhadov was hiding some two
years ago, its basement was equipped even with an underground tunnel
into the adjacent block. This told me Aleksandr Potapov, deputy chief
of the UFSB of Chechnya. If the spetsnaz would found out about
Maskhadov's location and then encircled this whole block in Gudermes,
then in this case, Maskhadov had still chances to escape.
In the Yusupovs' house there's not one, but two basements. One,
actually made from concrete, opposite the kitchen, is where the lady
of the house stores her preserves, jam, brooms, rakes and other
domestic utensils. From inside this room is spacious, of man's hight,
approximately three by three [meters]. It was precisely this basement
they showed to us on TV as the last refuge of Maskhadov. Its roof
serves the concrete floor of the Yusupovs' court-yard . But no one
blasted this concrete - the servicemen simply made two holes using
crow-bars. Maskhadov's corpse laid on the same concrete runway. In
this basement there's normal ventilation, there's possible to live
there for a long time. This basement has no links with other basement
The second basement in the Yusupovs' house is that bunker, where
allegedly hid Maskhadov. It's located under the summer house, which is
attached to main house. The entry into it is very narrow. And to climb
down to it now , to take a photograph inside in, it's not possible:
the basement was filled up with soil after the explosion. The walls of
bunker are made from adobe-clay, it's impossible to perfectly fit to
adobe-clay any concrete slab or iron hatchway , because adobe-clay -
that's a half and half straw with clay - this material is unsuitable
for the hinges. Also there's no ventilation in the bunker. This is
actually unfinished family air-raid shelter. The owner, according to
his relatives, built it in the first war, in the case of bombardment,
but they didn't bomb Tolstoy- Yurt , so the basement did not prove
useful. According to the FSB's information, reported in the press,
in the bunker there was a refrigerator and television set. A TV set
could had been there, "a portable one", but no refrigerator, nor any
bed, as it's not possible to get it down through its narrow manhole.
Furthermore, MK's correspondent, who looked all over the house
together with the lady of the house, didn't find any traces of
ventilation of the bunker.
When in the vicinity of the village they were some bombings, we stayed
in there in the first war - says the lady of the house, Yakha
Yusupova. - but they didn't bomb us, we stayed there a few times, but
you can not stay there for a long time - very soon you begin to
asphyxiate. Three of us together could hardly accomodate in there -
Myself, my husband and little daughter Zarema.
About nine morning on 8 March in Tolstoy-Yurt came the servicemen.
Armored carriers, vehicles.
All approaches to the Yusupov's house were blocked. For their
neighbors it was forbidden to go on the street. They let them out
from their house only at three P.M..
This is what took place, according to the lady of the house, in the
house itself. - I was making breakfast. My husband Musa and our nephew
Ilyas Eliskhanov, who came to us the day before from Argun, were
drinking tea, and our daughter just awoke. Here suddenly this huge
crowd of Russians came running. It wasn't possble to count them. They
were everywhere: on the roof, in the house, in the court-yard, in the
vegetable-garden, in the shed. Musa and Ilyas were dragged out
somewhere, and my daughter and I were taken to the back-yard, the
surrounded us and said - sit quietly. Our cow just calved, and the
Russians for some purpose were covering the calf with hay. My daughter
begun to cry - it will get smothered. But the Russians said to her:
"You pity the calf. Maskhadov hides here with you, and you cry because
of the calf. You cry for yourself!" Here we got really scared. There
were three or four explosions. We heard how they spoke on their
portable radios, they talked quitely among themselves, there weren't
any shouts: "Get out, surrender!". When after some time they took us
from the back-yard, there was no husband and Ilyas, I do not know,
until now [what has happened ] with them. They questioned us in
Goryachevodsk, we honestly said that we knew nothing, and they let us
go. We returned home in a day, but we spent the night in our
grandmother's [house]. On the concrete floor, where as they showed on
the TV, Maskhadov was laying, there was not one speck of any blood.
Three or four explosions in the courtyard of the Yusupovs' house, the
servicemen made for two reasons. In order to create some illusion of
battle for the inhabitants Tolstoy- Yurt, and most importantly, in
order to destroy the basement, to which they prepared this role of
Maskhadov's bunker. So that no one - either a journalists or any
private individuals - could thoroughly investigate and prove that in
this room wasn't possible to stay more than several minutes, never
mind to live there since October of last year, as the special services
assert. That it's not possible to bring a couch, or refrigerator, or
TV set to it. And the main thing is this that the manhole into this
basement cannot be perfectly strengthened or shut with concrete slab
or iron hatchway, as indeed in this bunker, according the version of
special services, there was this specially strenghtened entry, which
was needed to be blown up. But if there was no such entry, but
Maskhadov nevertheless was located in the bunker and they threw a
grenade there, his corpse would look completely different.
By Vadim Rechkalov, Irina Kuksenkova. Tolstoy-Yurt-Moscow
http://2005.novayagazeta.ru/nomer/2005/17n/n17n-s01.shtml (my tr)
Our sources confirmed that the last location of the Ichkerian leader
Aslan Maskhadov in the settlement of Tolstoy-Yurt was divulged by the
fighters seized the day before. In this case to the latter not only
tortures were used, but also threats of violence to their relatives.
Single-story house on #1 Suvorov street, in Tolstoy-Yurt was
surrounded by the special units of FSB and GRU in the morning on March
the 8th. Frightened owner of the house reported that Maskhadov and
three more people are in its basement. The fighters found themselves
to be actually in a mousetrap. Not only, not able to escape, but it
wasn't even possible to show any worthy resistance, since it would be
easy to throw grenades in the basement. Maskhadov was offered to
surrender. He refused this. Negotiations on his own initiative
undertook the former chief of administration for personnel of the
President of Ichkeria, Vakhid Murdashev. After this between Maskhadov
and his entourage engaged in a skirmish, as a result of which the
Ichkerian leader was killed. After Maskhadov's murder, his three
associates - Murdashev, his nephew and one more guard, Eliskhanov,
without any fight surrendered to the federals.
Vyacheslav Izmailov, military correspondent of Novaya
- A couple of remsrksABOUT Khasbulatov and Tolstoy-Yurt,
his home town.
I find it very hard to believe that Maskhadov would
have chosen to hide out in Tolstoy-Yurt, which in the
pre=war Dudayev years was resolutely oppositionist.
Indeed, at one point Maskhadoc had dispatched a
detachment of troops to Tolstoy-Yurt, but this
half-hearted attempt to subdue it was repelled by the
I often visited Tolstoy-Yurt, which served as the
headquarters for Khasbulatov�s �peace mission.� He
closed the mission down, and left town, after the
November 1994 assault on Grozny, in protest (or so he
said) against the utilization of Russian tanks and
troops in what he felt should have been a purely
Chechen (oppositionist) operation. In any event, a
lot of Tolstoy=Yurtans did take part in it.
It is possible that the village had undergone a
complete chsnge of heart in the intervening war years,
yet it seems odd that Maskhadov took the risk that it
really had. That is, if the official version of
his death is true, it seems odd�..
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