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Suspect Detained In Dubai Murder Case

Published: April 10, 2009 (Issue # 1464)


MOSCOW — Investigators said Wednesday that a suspect has been detained in the September slaying of Ruslan Yamadayev, a brother of Sulim Yamadayev, who was killed in Dubai last month.

The announcement, which came after Dubai police accused State Duma Deputy Adam Delimkhanov of masterminding Sulim Yamadayev’s murder, might be an attempt to divert suspicion away from Delimkhanov and his relatives, who include Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, analysts said.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement that the unidentified suspect was detained in Moscow on Tuesday on suspicion of participating in the killing of Ruslan Yamadayev, a foe of Kadyrov and former Duma deputy who was shot dead in central Moscow on Sept. 24.

Unidentified law enforcement officials told the Rosbalt news agency that they believed Ruslan Yamadayev was killed by a Chechen group including former Grozny Deputy Mayor Gilani Shapiyev, his bodyguard Khalid Molochayev and Aslan Diliyev, a former adviser to Kadyrov. Shapiyev was shot dead in western Moscow in February.

“It looks like they are trying to make the impression that there is a different group, one that is not associated with the Kadyrov clan, that sought to kill the Yamadayevs,” said Andrei Soldatov, editor of the Agentura.ru web site and an expert on Russian security services.

The Investigative Committee also said it had detained a suspected gunman and an accomplice in the attempted murder of Konvers Group bank chairman Alexander Antonov on March 11 in Moscow. The committee said the two might be connected to Ruslan Yamadayev’s death.

Delimkhanov, meanwhile, cancelled a news conference where he had planned to speak about the accusations against him. No reason was announced. But he told reporters in the Duma on Wednesday that Dubai police were “sheltering the real killer, Yamadayev.”





 


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Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.