Interfax:Col. General Arkady Yedeleyev on the situation in Chechnya
- August 3, 2006 Thursday 12:21 PM MSK
Militants in Chechnya engulfed in power struggle - Interior Ministry
MOSCOW Aug 3 (Interfax) - A struggle for power has engrossed Chechen
militants, Russian Deputy Interior Minister and chief of the regional
headquarters for the anti-terrorist campaign Col. Gen. Arkady Yedelev
said in an interview published in the Thursday issue of the newspaper
"[Doku] Umarov wishes to assume the place of [Shamil] Basayev. He is
responsible for numerous abductions and other violent crimes," he said.
A number of Arab mercenaries, including Abu Khavs, are also fighting
for power, Yedelev said. "We can hardly say they care about the
interests of the Chechen people," he said.
In his opinion, Umarov will try to destabilize the North Caucasus if
he wins. "He has already announced the opening of new 'fronts' and his
readiness for a large combat operation," Yedelev said.
Umarov-led militants are trying to rebuild the capabilities of illegal
armed groups and restock armament caches, both in Chechnya and in the
adjoining North Caucasian republics, he said.
"But we think that the terrorists are no longer capable of large-
scale attacks - their resources are meager," he said.
At the same time, local attacks and raids are still a possibility,