Russian authorities on Monday identified the man shot dead in the emirate of Dubai on Saturday as former Chechen commander Sulim Yamadayev, an opponent of pro-Russian Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.
Yamadayev was a former rebel leader who later shifted his alliance to Russia after Moscow dispatched troops to Chechnya to retake control of the once restive republic. However, he fled to Dubai five months ago after being sacked as commander of an elite security forces battalion last year after falling out with Ramzan Kadyrov.
The Russian confirmation of his death comes some time after Dubai police announced that a 36-year-old Chechen man had been shot in a parking lot on Saturday. Russian authorities said Monday that Yamadayev's relatives have identified the former Chechen commander's body.
Yamadayev is the fourth prominent Chechen leader to be killed since last September, and his murder came just a day after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Friday that he has ordered the national anti-terror committee to review the tough security restrictions imposed on Chechnya as the security situation has improved in the once restive republic.
Yamadayev's brother Ruslan was shot dead in Moscow in September, while Kadyrov's former bodyguard Umar Israilov who had accused him of torture and kidnapping was killed in Vienna in January and a former deputy mayor of Grozny was shot dead in Moscow last month.
Though Kadyrov's opponents accuse him of systematically eliminating his opponents, the Chechen President and Moscow have denied any links to the recent killings of the high-profile Chechens.
by RTT Staff Writer
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