President of Chechnya Killed in Terror Blast While Honoring Heroes
that Defeated the Nazis
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)
– A terrorist bomb exploded at Grozny’s Dynamo stadium at 10:35
AM during a special ceremony to honor V-E Day; a day to remember
the brave men that fought to defeat the Nazis. The shocking terrorist
attack killed the recently elected President of Chechnya, Akhmad
Kadyrov. Kadyrov was a leader respected by Russian President Putin
who was speaking at the time in honor of those valiant ones who
fought to stop Hitler. The Chechen Commander of the Joint Grouping
of Forces, Valery Baranov, was wounded but survived the bombing
and is now being treated in an undisclosed hospital, a duty officer
of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia told RIA Novosti
President Vladimir Putin, right, meets Chechen Prime Minister
Sergei Abramov, who would become the republic’s acting president,
in the Moscow Kremlin, Sunday, May 9, 2004. The Kremlin-backed
president of Russia’s warring Chechnya region Akhmad Kadyrov
was killed Sunday in a bomb blast at a stadium in the Chechen
capital where he was attending Victory Day observances.
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to the latest information, five were killed and 38 were wounded
as a result of the terrorist bombing at the Dynamo stadium in
Grozny. The officer confirmed that among those wounded are the
head of the Chechen Interior Ministry Alu Alkhanov and Chechnya
commandant Grigory Fomenko.
In swift action
to bring the terrorists to justice, several men have been detained
on suspicion of being involved in the terror attack in Grozny,
Chechnya a source in the Interior Ministry of Chechnya told RIA
is a large group of detainees who may be involved in the terrorist
act and organization of the explosion," the source said.
to preliminary information, an unidentified explosive device was
placed in the central grandstand of the stadium, where at that
moment a concert was under way on the occasion of Victory Day.
Kremlin-backed president of Russia’s warring Chechnya region,
President Akhmad Kadyrov, center, Chechnya’s State Counsel
Chairman Hussein Isayev, right, and the top regional commander
Col.-Gen. Valery Baranov, left, speak just minutes before
an explosion tore through the stadium in the Chechen capital
where they were attending Victory Day observances, in Grozny,
Sunday, May 9, 2004. The explosion happened underneath a
VIP-seating area during a ceremony in the Dynamo stadium
that was attended by senior Chechen officials. Kadyrov and
Isayev were killed, Baranov, initially was reported killed,
but officials later said he was in critical condition.
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in the republic’s Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that: "the
explosive device was installed in the midst of the central grandstand.
In all probability, the terrorist attack was directed against
the military-political leadership of the republic, in particular
the President of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov," the source emphasized.
began after the solemn part of the festival, devoted to the 59th
anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War against German
Nazism (1941-45). As the RIA Novosti correspondent reports, the
ceremonial part consisted of a march past by several columns of
staff members of the Chechen Interior Ministry and an address
by the president of the republic, Akhmad Kadyrov.
Day is a unifying holiday both for all peoples of Russia and for
the peoples of the former Union republics," Kadyrov said
in his address. He also wished good health to veterans and peaceful
life to all inhabitants of Chechnya.
terrorist attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised, “There
can be no doubt that retribution will be inevitable for terrorists”
Ahmad Kadyrov has been killed, but not defeated, Russian President
Vladimir Putin emphasized as he expressed his condolences to Kadyrov’s
son Ramzan at a tete-a-tete meeting Sunday.
away on May 9, a national holiday in Russia, and he left this
world undefeated, President Putin said. He described Kadyrov as
"a true, heroic person," all of whose activities convincingly
proved that the people of Chechnya should not be associated with
Chechen terrorists and warlords. In his four years as the leader
of Chechnya, Ahmad Kadyrov did his best to live up to the Chechen
people’s expectations and to bring them back peace and stability,
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Ahmad was born on August 23, 1951, in the city of Karaganda, in
the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. He studied at a Buhara madrasa
and the Islamic Institute of Tashkent, in Uzbekistan.
to 1971, Kadyrov worked at a rice farm in the Gudermes district
of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
He spent the
subsequent decade working for construction companies in the European
part of Russia and in Siberia.
In the period
between 1986 and 1988, he was deputy to the imam of Gudermes’s
In 1989, he
opened an Islamic institute, the first one in the North Caucasus,
and served as its president through 1994, when military operations
were launched in Chechnya.
In 1990, he
entered the Shariah Department of the Islamic University in the
capital of Jordan, Amman, but abandoned his studies the following
year to return home.
appointed as Deputy Mufti of Chechnya in 1993 and as Acting Mufti
in September of 1994.
first Chechen campaign (1994-1996), he joined a Chechen militia
to fight the federal forces.
In 1995, he
was elected as Mufti of Chechnya, head of the Chechen Moslems’
Spiritual Board in the city of Vedeno.
In 1997 to
1999 he served as head of the Spiritual Board of the self-proclaimed
Chechen republic of Ichkeria. An October 10, 1999 decree by the
President of Ichkeria, Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov,
removed him from his post as "an enemy to the Chechen people."
He survived three assassination attempts.
On June 12,
2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Kadyrov head
of Chechnya’s administration. He was inaugurated in the city of
Gudermes on June 20, 2000. Chechen district administration heads
and the Russian presidential envoy to the North Caucasus, Gen.
Viktor Kazantsev, attended the ceremony.
22, 2000, Kadyrov resigned as Mufti of Chechnya at a republican
congress of Moslem clerics.
He won the
Chechen presidency in the October 5, 2003 presidential polls.
government awarded him an International Friendship Order in 2001.
behind four children.
by the Press Secretary
May 9, 2004
States Government strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the
Chechen capital of Grozny today. We mourn the loss of life and
extend our condolences to the families of the victims. The United
States resolutely rejects all acts of terrorism and those who
commit them. No national, ethnic, religious or other cause can
ever justify the use of terrorism.