Novaya Gazeta: Hunting After People For Interrogation
Hunting After People For Interrogation
Special groups have been sent to Moscow from Chechnya. Their task is
kidnapping people who have information about celebrated crimes and
pressurizing people unfavorable with Ramzan Kadyrov
ITAR - TASS
Moscow, 2006. The scene of murder of Movladi Baisarov.
On the evening of 31st January 2008 the criminal authority Movladi
Atlangireev was kidnapped in Moscow. Due to a chapter of accidents he
was not armed and so was able to offer no resistance.
The kidnappers came in two SUVs Mercedes to the "Karetny Dvor"
restaurant where Atlangireev was having dinner. They hit him with a
hilt and took away. There was no shooting done. A criminal case was
started on the kidnapping count with no results published yet. We have
a feeling that there is not going to be any official information about
this incident for long. There are two reasons for such secrecy: the
personality of Atlangireev himself and the personality of the man who
ordered this crime.
Novaya Gazeta got to know the details of kidnapping of the man about
whom the newspaper is interested to know due to his involvement in the
Anna Politkovskaya's murder. So it is known that one of the
kidnappers' SUVs had the license number E 777 HE 177. It's Beslan
Khakimov (aka Zelimkhan Israilov) who has driven around Moscow in that
car recently. Aslanbek (aka Supyan) Baisarov was at the wheel of the
other SUV, which license number is R800AC199. And Atlangeriev himself
was seen in Chechnya afterwards in Zentori (that's where the
headquarters of Ramzan Kadyrov is) and in Gudermes. Every time he was
seen being accompanied with armed people.
The story of kidnapping this influential and well informed person got
known only this spring. Shortly before his resignation the former
chief of State Investigative Division at the Prosecutor General's
Office Dmitry Dovgiy shared with the journalists his hypothesis of the
murder of Novaya Gazeta's observer. Besides Berezovsky he gave another
name Hoj-Akhmed Nukhaev.
It's Nukhaev he is residing in Turkey at the moment and is having a
successful oil business through Russian ports the kidnapped
Atlangeriev and the FSB agent Max Lazovsky (he was killed in 2000 with
the unknown circumstances) who organized the "Lazanskaya" criminal
group in the end of the 80's. The group was engaged in criminal wars,
in struggle for Novorossiysk and Tuapse sea ports. The security
services officers, who worked in the Lazovsky-Nukhaev's firm "Lanako",
organized first explosions in Moscow. Anyway, it's been since long
that everyone was sure that "Lazansky" group is out of action.
However, in August 2006 a certain Gaitukaev was arrested in Moscow
being charged with organization of attempt on a Ukrainian businessman
Korban. Gaitukaev was also suspected of being involved in several
celebrated murders including that of Anna Politkovskaya. It turned out
that "Lazanskaya" group had not disappeared and had been actively
working in the post-soviet space being specialized in hired murders
and drug dealing.
It is known little about Gaitukaev. He is the uncle of the brothers
Makhmudov arrested on the Politkovskaya's case. A member of the
"Lazanskaya" group, he is an old acquaintance of Atlangireev. Being
angry with the sentence, Gaitukaev told during the trial he had worked
in the Ukraine by order from FSB.
The kidnapped Atlangireev also used to be related to Russian special
services. He complied with delicate tasks during the first and second
Chechen wars and was acquainted personally with FSB high officials.
Some generals were even present at the wedding of his relatives. And
once he was even awarded with gratuity weapon. Atlangireev is a very
well informed person who gave a witness testimony in the course of
investigating many criminal cases.
In 2007 he was deported from London as the British special services
suspected him of being engaged in organizing an attempt on Berezovsky.
Since that moment till the kidnapping day there had been nothing heard
Few know that it's not only Atlangireev who was kidnapped. In February
2008, a week after the incident near the "Karetny Dvor" restaurant, a
friend of Atlangireev's, Zaindi Shakhbiev, related to the Chechen
business in Moscow, was fixed a date by a certain Sulim Geremeev who
came to that meeting in a Mercedes with the license number R 007 ET
177. After that talk Shakhbiev left hastily for Chechnya and he got
The family name of Geremeev is known to Novaya Gazeta in relation to
Anna Politkovskaya's case again. In October 2006, a few days after the
murder, our office was visited by Bislan Gantamirov, the former
vice-premier and mayor of Grozny. At presence of the officers from the
central apparatus of MVD he told that three groups of the law
enforcers from Chechnya had been sent to Moscow with the purpose of
killing him, Politkovskaya and former Chechen enforcer and bodyguard
for Akhmat Kadyrov, Movladi Baisarov, who cooperated with FSB. He did
not explain clearly why he had kept that information to himself for
rather long. Anyway, we received the list of people included in all
the three groups, and we passed that list to MVD.
By that moment, one of those groups had been arrested accidentally,
during inspection of documents by the road police. A killer's kit was
found in their car including a big bore designed for shooting at the
armored vehicles. The detained had certificates of Chechen MVD
officers. However, they failed to show any warrant or documents
allowing them going around Moscow with the trunk crammed with weapons.
Despite the criminal case started, the detainees were released at
last, and there is no information about where the investigation came
The information about other groups, told about by Gantamirov, was not
realized either. The outcome is known: Baisarov was killed in the
center of Moscow at presence of the former driver of the terrorist
Raduev, afterwards Chechen vice-premier, and now the deputy of the
State Duma Delimkhanov.
Outcome number two: kidnapping of Shakhbiev. The matter is that the
name of the supposed accomplice in that crime, Geremeev, was also
mentioned in the lists presented by Gantamirov.
One may come to several conclusions looking at all that criminal
tangle. First, the Chechen law enforcement agencies use the tactics
similar to that used by Moscow services in Chechnya. That's about
sending small special groups targeted for accomplishing secret tasks:
kidnapping and out-of-court reprisal.
Second, the kidnapped are very well informed people capable of casting
light to the circumstances of a number of hired murders and terrorist
acts. So the question arises: the kidnappings intend to cover tracks
or they are done for carrying out one's own independent (and