Scores are settled with Chechen generals


In the last month there were two emergency situations involving well-known generals who participated in the antiterrorist campaign in Chechnya. So, the death of presidential advisor and well-known Army General and Hero of Russia, Gennady Troshev, due to the crash of Boeing-737 airplane near Perm in the night of September 14 and the serious wounding of Colonel General Sergei Kizyun (he was a military commandant of Chechnya between 2001 and 2002) in the center of Moscow on September 24 are possibly not incidental. A source in the Defense Ministry wishing to remain anonymous shared such presumption with WPS. According to the officer, this version is confirmed by the fact that there is no clear picture of reasons for the crash of the airplane in which Troshev was flying still. A version of a “fine” terrorist act is not ruled out.

There are grounds to state that on September 24 when former Duma deputy from United Russia faction, Ruslan Yamadaev, was killed the killers also hunted Sergei Kizyun. First, according to his father, Colonel General Nikolai Kizyun (during the Soviet times he was director of the main military political academy), the killer obviously wanted to kill the general together with Yamadaev and only due to a lucky chance Kizyun escaped. The killer fired three bullets at Kizyun. Second, high-ranking officials of the military counterintelligence and Interior Ministry grew interested in the murder of the former deputy of the Duma from the Chechen Republic and military commandant of Chechnya. Acting head of the Moscow police, Alexander Ivanov, and head of the Moscow criminal investigation police, Victor Golovanov, arrived to the place of the terrorist act. Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev ordered an investigation into the case personally to director of the criminal investigation police department Iskander Galimov.

At present, General Sergei Kizyun is in intensive care unit of one of the central hospitals of Moscow. Military specialists from the central military clinical hospital named after P. Mandryka participate in treatment of the general.

Meanwhile, Colonel General Nikolai Kizyun did not fully confirm or deny the version that the killers were hunting his son. Kizyun Senior reported that in summer of 2008, his son left the post of chief of staff of the Leningrad Military District due to a bad health condition. He remained in Moscow for about six weeks. During this period, he communicated with Ruslan Yamadaev frequently, almost daily. The Colonel General stated that on September 24, his son, together with Yamadaev, was going to one of the military registration and enlistment offices of Moscow to get military registration. According to the general, Ruslan Yamadaev and Sergei Kizyun were connected by close friendship for a long time. When Kizyun was military commandant of Chechnya, Ruslan Yamadaev, was his aide. It was Kizyun who advised Yamadaev to join United Russia party and to go into politics. After election of the new convocation of the Duma Yamadaev quit the politics and went to business. He wanted to attract Sergei Kizyun who left the military service to business too. Yamadaev was not going to Chechnya because he and his relatives including former commander of battalion East Sulim Yamadaev had, to put this mild, “difficult” relations with incumbent President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Meanwhile, there is also another version of the events. Ruslan’s brother Issa Yamadaev told some mass media that at the moment of attack at the car of his brother he and the general were returning from an important meeting with one of top-ranking officials of the Presidential Administration. One way or the other, there is an opinion in the military community that not only Yamadaev but also his comrade general was hunted.

The accident in the Smolenskaya Embankment was not the first in Moscow. Lieutenant Colonel Movladi Baisarov of the Federal Security Service, commander of special detachment Gorets, was killed pointblank in the Leninsky Prospekt in November of 2006. Previously, Baisarov also had conflict with Ramzan Kadyrov who was not yet the president of Chechnya. Not long before his death, Baisarov stated that election of Ramzan Kadyrov to the post of the president of Chechnya would lead to the breakup of Russia.