Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle

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The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.wikipedia
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Ramzan Kadyrov

President of Chechnya Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov3rd President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Akhmadovich KadyrovHead of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov
The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.
He was engaged in violent power struggles with Chechen government warlords Sulim Yamadayev and Said-Magomed Kakiyev for overall military authority, and with Alkhanov for political authority.

Sulim Yamadayev

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The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.
A bitter conflict between the men loyal to Yamadayev and forces of Kadyrov followed.

Special Battalions Vostok and Zapad

Special Battalion VostokSpecial Battalion “Vostok”Special Battalions ''Vostok'' and ''Zapad
The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008. The creation of these new structures was seen as an effort by Kadyrov to curb the influence of Yamadaev's Vostok and Said-Magomed Kakiev’s “Zapad” (West) battalions, as well as further consolidate his monopoly over armed units inside the republic.

Kadyrovtsy

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The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.

Argun, Chechen Republic

Argun
The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.

Gudermes

The Sulim Yamadaev–Ramzan Kadyrov power struggle was a feud between rival pro-Moscow Chechen warlords that exploded into armed confrontation between Yamadaev's Special Battalion “Vostok” (East) forces and Chechen President Kadyrov's militia known as the “Kadyrovtsy” following an incident in the town of Argun that led to a shootout in Gudermes on 14 April 2008.

Dubai

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The struggle resulted in the eventual disbanding of the Vostok battalion and Yamadaev's assassination in Dubai on 30 March 2009.

Dzhabrail Yamadayev

DzhabrailDzhabrail Yamadaev
Following the assassination of his brother Dzhabrail Yamadaev in 2003, Sulim was appointed commander of the Special Battalion Vostok, a unit of previously separatist fighters from the First Chechen War that had switched sides and fought alongside Russian forces in the Second Chechen War in 1999.

First Chechen War

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Following the assassination of his brother Dzhabrail Yamadaev in 2003, Sulim was appointed commander of the Special Battalion Vostok, a unit of previously separatist fighters from the First Chechen War that had switched sides and fought alongside Russian forces in the Second Chechen War in 1999.

Second Chechen War

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Following the assassination of his brother Dzhabrail Yamadaev in 2003, Sulim was appointed commander of the Special Battalion Vostok, a unit of previously separatist fighters from the First Chechen War that had switched sides and fought alongside Russian forces in the Second Chechen War in 1999.

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

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The core of the Vostok battalion were former rebels from the 2nd Battalion of National Guard of Ichkeria, which Sulim Yamadaev commanded during the interwar presidency of Aslan Maskhadov.

Aslan Maskhadov

MaskhadovAslan MashadovFormer Colonel and 3rd President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aslan (Khalid) Aliyevich Maskhadov
The core of the Vostok battalion were former rebels from the 2nd Battalion of National Guard of Ichkeria, which Sulim Yamadaev commanded during the interwar presidency of Aslan Maskhadov.

Wahhabism

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That particular unit was most noted for its near-destruction of the radical Wahabbi “Sharia Regiment” led by renegade Chechen warlord Arbi Barayev in Gudermes in the summer of 1998.

Sharia

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That particular unit was most noted for its near-destruction of the radical Wahabbi “Sharia Regiment” led by renegade Chechen warlord Arbi Barayev in Gudermes in the summer of 1998.

Arbi Barayev

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That particular unit was most noted for its near-destruction of the radical Wahabbi “Sharia Regiment” led by renegade Chechen warlord Arbi Barayev in Gudermes in the summer of 1998.

GRU (G.U.)

GRUMain Intelligence DirectorateSoviet military intelligence
Directly subordinate to Russian military intelligence (GRU), Vostok was operationally included in the Russian Army's 42nd Motor Rifle Division, leaving it outside the Chechen command structure and thus the biggest militia beyond Kadyrov's control.

Russian Ground Forces

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Directly subordinate to Russian military intelligence (GRU), Vostok was operationally included in the Russian Army's 42nd Motor Rifle Division, leaving it outside the Chechen command structure and thus the biggest militia beyond Kadyrov's control.

42nd Guards Motor Rifle Division

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Directly subordinate to Russian military intelligence (GRU), Vostok was operationally included in the Russian Army's 42nd Motor Rifle Division, leaving it outside the Chechen command structure and thus the biggest militia beyond Kadyrov's control.

Grozny

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In calling for the shutdown of the Grozny-based operational investigation bureau (ORB-2) of the federal Interior Ministry’s Main Administration for the Southern Federal District due to alleged human rights abuses, Kadyrov took things a step further by stating, “Simply the closure of ORB will not do here.

Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia)

MVDMinistry of Internal AffairsRussian Ministry of Internal Affairs
In calling for the shutdown of the Grozny-based operational investigation bureau (ORB-2) of the federal Interior Ministry’s Main Administration for the Southern Federal District due to alleged human rights abuses, Kadyrov took things a step further by stating, “Simply the closure of ORB will not do here.

Spetsnaz

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These things are engaged in by the fighters of Sulim Yamadaev's ‘Vostok’ GRU Spetsnaz battalion (we remember the 11 ‘disappeared’ in the settlement of Borozdinovskaya).” At the same time, Colonel Evgeni Baryaev, deputy commander of the federal Interior Ministry’s Internal Troops, announced the formation of two new security units, the “Sever” (North) and “Yug” (South) battalions.

Borozdinovskaya operation

Borozdinovskaya
These things are engaged in by the fighters of Sulim Yamadaev's ‘Vostok’ GRU Spetsnaz battalion (we remember the 11 ‘disappeared’ in the settlement of Borozdinovskaya).” At the same time, Colonel Evgeni Baryaev, deputy commander of the federal Interior Ministry’s Internal Troops, announced the formation of two new security units, the “Sever” (North) and “Yug” (South) battalions.

Said-Magomed Kakiyev

Said-Magomed KakievMagomed Kakiyev
The creation of these new structures was seen as an effort by Kadyrov to curb the influence of Yamadaev's Vostok and Said-Magomed Kakiev’s “Zapad” (West) battalions, as well as further consolidate his monopoly over armed units inside the republic.

Gazeta.Ru

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When neither group would allow the other to pass, Ramzan Kadyrov personally intervened in what appeared to be an effort to defuse the situation; Badrudin Yamadaev would later tell the Russian newspaper Gazeta that Kadyrov had hugged him and called him a “brother.” However, Kadyrov would then order that the Vostok stronghold of Gudermes be surrounded and the main base of the battalion in the city blocked; Chechen police officers loyal to Kadyrov then began detaining Vostok members, triggering an attack by the remainder of the unit on the barracks of the Kadyrovtsy located near the railroad station.

Federal Security Service

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The situation was only resolved when the commander of Russian forces in Chechnya, a deputy head of the Military Prosecutor's Office for the Southern Federal District, the head of the Chechen branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the head of the GRU staff in Chechnya, among others, accompanied by federal motorized rifle units, arrived on-scene and ordered Kadyrov's squads to move back from both the Vostok base and the Yamadaev family's house.