Russia's Chechen war drags on

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Russian forces have killed 11 militants in Chechnya in the northern Caucasus.

Putin claims Chechen leader's death

MOSCOW, July 21 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin handed out medals this week for the killing of Chechen leader Shamil Basayev but Chechens say Basayev died accidentally.

Chechnya warlord Basayev killed

MOSCOW, July 10 (UPI) -- Russian security agents killed Chechnya's main warlord, Shamil Basayev, who claimed responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school massacre.

Chechen source retracts Basayev story

NALCHIK, Russia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The newspaper which reported that Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev had been killed during fighting in the North Caucasus town of Nalchik has retracted its story. The Chechenskoe Obshestvo newspaper originally said Basayev had been killed Thursday, citing a

Basayev named to Chechen cabinet

GROZNY, Russia, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Chechnya's Shamil Basayev, who claimed responsibility for the deadly Beslan school attack in Russia, has been named to the province's rebel cabinet.

Russians outraged over U.S. interview

MOSCOW, July 30 (UPI) -- Russian officials said Saturday they are outraged over an interview this week with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev on an ABC News program.

Russia irked by Basayev interview

MOSCOW, July 29 (UPI) -- An ABC television interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev has angered Russia which has put a $10 million reward on his head.

Beslan terror chief promises a repeat

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, who led the Beslan school bloodbath last autumn has vowed more attacks, The Times of London reported Thursday.

Chechen rebels face new charges

VLADIKAZVKAZ, Russia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Russian officials have brought new charges against Chechen separatist leaders Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basayev.

Chechen rebel wants to surrender: claim

MOSCOW, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov wants to surrender, a pro-Russian Chechen official said Sunday.

Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (Russian: Шамиль Салманович Басаев; January 14, 1965 – July 10, 2006) was a Chechen militant Islamist and a leader of the Chechen separatist movement.

Starting as a field commander in the Transcaucasus, Basayev led guerrilla campaigns against the Russian troops for years as well as launching mass-hostage takings of civilians with his goal being the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Chechnya. Beginning in 2003, Basayev used the nom de guerre and title of Emir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris. In 1997-1998 he also served as vice-Prime minister of Chechnya in Maskhadov's government.

Basayev was considered by some as the undisputed leader of the radical wing of the Chechen insurgency. He was responsible for numerous guerrilla attacks on security forces in and around Chechnya as well as terrorist attacks on civilians, most notoriously the attack on a school in Beslan, which led to the deaths of more than 385 people.

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