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Ruslan Yamadayev
December 10, 1961 – September 24, 2008 (aged 46)
Ruslan Yamadayev 2004.jpg
Ruslan Yamadayev after receiving the Hero of the Russian Federation award in 2004.
Place of birth Gudermes, Chechen-Ingush ASSR, USSR
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Allegiance Flag of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.svg Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
Flag of Russia.svg Russian Federation
Rank Flag of Russia.svg Colonel
Battles/wars Flag of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.svg First Chechen War
Flag of Russia.svg Second Chechen War
Awards Flag of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.svg Hero of the Nation
Flag of Russia.svg Hero of the Russian Federation

Ruslan (Khalid) Bekmirzayevich Yamadayev (Russian: Руслан (Халид) Бекмирзаевич Ямадаев) (December 10, 1961 – September 24, 2008) was a Chechen military leader and politician. A member of the high-profile Yamadayev clan, he was assassinated in Moscow in 2008.[1][2][3][4][5][6]



Ruslan Yamadayev belonged to the Gudermes-based Chechen Benoi teip. Along with his brothers Sulim Yamadayev and Dzhabrail Yamadayev, he fought against Russian forces during the First Chechen War before turning to Russia's side in 1999.

For his struggle against the separatists in the Second Chechen War, Yamadayev was promoted to the rank of colonel and the granted the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. From 2003 to 2007, he was a deputy to the State Duma from Chechnya. In 2004 he was nominated for the Chechen presidency.[7][8] He also ran several Moscow-based businesses for the Yamadayev clan.



On September 24, 2008, Ruslan Yamadayev was assassinated on Smolenskaya Embankment in central Moscow near the Russian White House[9] when returning from a meeting in the Kremlin.[10] He was shot ten times while sitting in a car belonging to his brother Sulim Yamadayev and initial press responses reported name of the victim as Sulim; the name was corrected later.[11] The other victim of the shooting, the former military commandant of Chechnya and retired Colonel General Sergei Kizyun, was hospitalized in grave condition.[12] The Russian police has launched a criminal case on charges of murder and attempted murder.[13]

The pro-Moscow president of Chechnya (and in recent months a bitter rival of the Yamadayevs[14][15]) Ramzan Kadyrov denied accusations of being behind the killing[16] and suggested Yamadayev fell victim of a blood feud.[17] Sulim Yamadayev also accused Kadyrov[18] and promised to take revenge.[19] Sulim himself was reported killed on March 29, 2009 in Dubai.[20]

In April 2009, a court in Moscow sanctioned the arrest of Ilimpashi Khatsuyev, suspected of murdering Ruslan Yamadayev.[21]

See also


  1. ^ Prominent Chechen gunned down in Moscow, Reuters, Sep 24, 2008
  2. ^ Former Russian MP Yamadayev killed in Moscow, RIA Novosti, 24/ 09/ 2008
  3. ^ Ex-lawmaker from powerful Chechen clan murdered in Moscow, France 24, September 24, 2008
  4. ^ Yamadayev Shot Dead in City Center, The Moscow Times, 25 September 2008
  5. ^ Powerful Chechen Clan Leader Killed in Moscow, The Other Russia, September 25th, 2008
  6. ^ Chechen Politician, a Former Rebel Leader, Is Slain in Moscow, The Washington Post, September 25, 2008
  7. ^ Ruslan Yamadayev nominated for Chechen presidency, Memorial, 1/6/2004
  8. ^ Ruslan Yamadayev Claims to Take Chechnya President Post, Gazeta, 01.06.2004
  9. ^ (Russian) Руслан Ямадаев убит под окнами Белого дома, Gazeta, 24.09.08
  10. ^ Yamadaev Killed After Important Meeting in Kremlin, Kommersant, Sep. 25, 2008
  11. ^ In Moscow, ex-deputy of State Duma Ruslan Yamadaev was murdered, not his brother Sulim, Memorial, 24/9/2008
  12. ^ (Russian) В Москве убит Руслан Ямадаев, Kommersant, 24 September 2008
  13. ^ Brother says no reason for Chechen ex-MP Yamadayev's murder, RIA Novosti, 29/ 09/ 2008
  14. ^ Tensions In Chechnya Boil Over, The St. Petersburg Times, April 18, 2008
  15. ^ Yamadaev vs. Kadyrov: The Kremlin's Quandary with Chechnya, The Jamestown Foundation, April 17, 2008
  16. ^ Chechen president denies link to former Russian MP's assassination, The Guardian, September 25 2008
  17. ^ Kadyrov Says Killing Tied to Blood Feud, The Moscow Times, 26 September 2008
  18. ^ Rival accuses pro-Kremlin Chechen leader of murder, Reuters, 25 Sep 2008
  19. ^ Russia: Chechen Vows to Avenge Killing, The New York Times, September 25, 2008
  20. ^ Report: Kadyrov Foe Sulim Yamadayev Slain in Dubai, The Moscow Times, 30 March 2009
  21. ^ Court sanctions arrest of suspect in Yamadayev murder case, Itar-Tass, April 9, 2009

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