Caucasian Knot | 19 July 2014
The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has posted a photo of Doku Umarov’s body, who was killed, according to various versions of power agents, in a special operation in the period from late 2013 – early 2014, in his profile on the Instagram social network.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 18, 2013, Kadyrov said that Doku Umarov, the leader of "Imarat Kavkaz" "had been long dead"; and on January 16, 2014, he specified that Umarov was killed "during one of the operations." The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on January 22 that intelligence services should consider Umarov alive as long as the evidence of his death was presented. On April 8 this year, the FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov stated that "the activities of Umarov, the leader of the terrorist organization ‘Imarat Kavkaz’, had been neutralized in the first quarter of 2014."
Earlier, on February 18, the Israeli analyst Avrom Shmulevich wrote on his page on the "LiveJournal" that Doku Umarov had been poisoned. According to his version, Umarov was poisoned when inspecting one of the winter bases of illegal armed formations (IAFs) in Chechnya, while four militants, accused of poisoning him, had already been shot dead.
Let us note here that North-Caucasian militants confirmed the preliminary information on Umarov’s death on January 16, 2014, and finally – on March 18. Abu Mukhammad (Aliaskhab Kebekov) became a new leader of "Imarat Kavkaz".
Insurgency Commanders Divulge Details Of Umarov’s Death
RFE/RL Caucasus Report | July 23, 2014
An 11-minute video clip was posted on YouTube last week showing the burial of self-proclaimed Caucasus Emirate head Doku Umarov. Two senior Chechen insurgency commanders, Khamzat (Aslan Byutukayev) and Makhran (Saidov), describe (in Chechen) how Umarov was poisoned in early August 2013 when sharing food with younger fighters, and died one month later. A Russian translation of their statements was posted 24 hours later on the insurgency website Kavkazcenter.com. Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov promptly posted a screen grab from the footage on his Instagram account as definitive proof that Umarov is dead.
Byutukayev explained that Umarov consumed a small amount of food that younger fighters had obtained from an Ingush on the highway leading to Djeyrakh (in southern Ingushetia, bordering on the south-westernmost part of Chechnya. Four other fighters died of poisoning; Umarov survived for a month before succumbing, at dawn on September 7.
Makhran dismissed the possibility that the poisoning was the result of a deliberate attempt by either Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov to kill Umarov. He said that, on the contrary, Umarov’s death was purely fortuitous. Makhran disclosed that Umarov had summoned his senior commanders, and Makhran himself had arrived the evening before Umarov’s death.
The video clip shows six fighters helping to place Umarov’s body in the grave prepared for him and cover it over. The two other most senior commanders, Aslambek Vadalov and Tarkhan Gaziyev, are apparently not present. It was in the summer of 2013 that Gaziyev appealed to the Chechen Republic Ichkeria Shari’a Court in exile to rule on whether Umarov’s proclamation in late 2007 of the Caucasus Emirate was justified under Shari’a law.
The first, unsubstantiated reports of Umarov’s death had surfaced in January when an audio tape was posted on YouTube in which a speaker tentatively identified as Caucasus Emirate qadi (supreme religious authority) Abu Mukhammad (Aliaskhab Kebekov) related how he had learned of Umarov’s death and that he had been proposed as his successor. The audio tape did not give any details of when or how Umarov died.
Kebekov formally confirmed in mid-March that Umarov was dead and he had been chosen to succeed him. But he did not divulge the date or circumstances of Umarov’s death.
The revelation that Umarov died in early September means that his last video address, which was superscribed Autumn 2013, must have been filmed in August or the first few days of September. In that clip, Umarov, apparently in good health, pays homage to the Gakayev brothers, who were killed in January 2013, and to Jamaleyl Mutaliyev (aka Amir Adam), a commander of the Ingushetia insurgency wing who was killed in May 2013. The clip was uploaded to the web on December 19, just hours after Kadyrov announced (not for the first time) that Umarov had been killed in a counter-terror operation, but his body had not been recovered.
The reason for the delay between Kebekov’s confirmation in mid-March that Umarov was indeed dead and the posting of the video clip showing his burial can only be guessed at.
— Liz Fuller
North-Caucasian militants released video evidence of Umarov’s death
Caucasian Knot | 21 July 2014
A video record of the burial of Doku Umarov, who was killed, according to various versions of power agents, during a special operation in late 2013 – early 2014, was posted on July 19 on the websites, which support the militants of Northern Caucasus.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 8 the FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov said that "the activities of Doku Umarov, the leader of the terrorist organization ‘Imarat Kavkaz’, were stopped in the first quarter of the year." Earlier, on December 18, 2013, and January 16, 2014, Umarov’s murder was reported by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
According to the video, released by militants, Umarov was buried in summer or early autumn, as green leaves and grass are clearly seen at the background.
The video shows a man, specified in the captions as "Amir Khamzat", who reports that the leader of "Imarat Kavkaz" Doku Umarov died in the morning on September 7, 2013, as a result of poisoning. According to "Emir Khamzat", Umarov got poisoned on August 6, 2013, by eating foodstuffs received by members of the armed underground from an Ingush resident.
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