Akhmed Avdorkhanov (1973 – 19 September 2005) was a former head of
security for Ichkerian
President Aslan Maskhadov.
Officially the Russian state suggested he was killed by Shamil Basayev
in a dispute over money or due to ideology, as he opposed the miltant
Islam of Basayev and his followers, while the Chechen insurgents claim
he was killed by Russian forces.
Vladimir Putin called Avdorkhanov's death "a turning point",
since according to him Avdorkhanov was the last nationalist leader,
and the remaining leaders of the Chechen resistance are radical
Islamists who will not receive as much support among the local
His younger brother Zaurbek served as a field commander in the
Caucasus Emirate, and most notably was one of the leaders of the
August 2010 raid on Chechen
President Ramzan Kadyrov's home village of
Tsentoroy. Zaurbek was killed in what is believed to be an
accidental explosion in Galashki,
Ingushetia on 31 July 2012.
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