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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM

Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM: "Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA
Created: 23.03.2005 16:21 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 16:21 MSK, 5 hours 40 minutes ago

MosNews
Field commander Rizvan Chitigov has been killed in Chechnya during a raid carried out by pro-Moscow security forces and the republic’s Interior Ministry troops, the Itar-Tass news agency cited the republic’s first deputy prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov.

“Chitigov was surrounded and eliminated after he put up armed resistance,” Kadyrov was quoted by the news agency as saying.

Chitigov, aka American or Suraka, born 1965, was placed on the federal wanted list on suspicion of being involved in kidnappings. In the early 1990s Chitigov visited the United States and upon his return he oversaw military intelligence in Aslan Maskhadov’s government.

The FSB, Russia’s domestic security service, suspected that Chitigov had been maintaining ties with foreign intelligence services and was himself a CIA agent, former FSB spokesman Aleksandr Zdanovich said in April 2001.

According to some reports, Chitigov had a green card — a permanent residence permit in the U.S.

In the summer of 2001 he told journalists that he intended to poison Russian soldiers with virulent toxins.

Rizvan Chitigov was also a close ally of the infamous warlord Khattab.

In 2002 Russian security services obtained a recording of Chitigov’s conversation with the Chechen envoy to the United Arab Emirates Khizir Alkhazurov, where Chitigov allegedly asked his interlocutor to write a manual for preparing toxic substances and send it to Chechnya.

During a search at one of Chitigov’s bases in the Chechen highlands security forces discovered stocks of ricin and other toxins and instructions on how to use them in combination with conventional weapons."

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