Speaking in Grozny, Kadyrov said that the terrorist Shamil Basayev “was intentionally done so that certain law enforcement agencies know where is hiding Maskhadov and thus facilitate its liquidation”, reports “Interfax”.
The head of Chechnya explained that Maskhadov in 2005, allegedly was ready to negotiate with him on any terms to save their lives. According to the version of Kadyrov, Basayev learned about it and took all measures to thwart these plans.
Kadyrov said that the leaders of the gangs were influenced by different foreign forces and it was never the intention to create an independent state.
Former President of the self-proclaimed Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov was killed on 8 March 2005 in a special operation conducted by security services in the Chechen village of Tolstoy-Yurt. According to the official version, which was announced by major-General Ilya Shabalkin, to know the whereabouts of Maskhadov managed during anti-terrorist operation, during which they arrested two militants from groups Maskhadov and Basayev.
Kadyrov himself later said that the security services wanted to take Maskhadov alive, but he died as a result of careless handling of weapons his bodyguard.
Terrorist Shamil Basayev was killed in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo 10 July 2006. The FSB reported that the death of the action was the result of a secret special operation.