Two days ago Russian secret services spread the report that citizen of CRI (Chechen Republic of Ichkeria) was arrested in Yessentuki, Southern Russia, and was declared as «the organizer of terrorist acts in Magas and Yessentuki». At the same time the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service, former KGB) was claiming that Israpilov was detained by a mere chance in Stavropol Province when he was making his ordinary route while transporting explosive devices and detonators. The detainee was declared «Chief of Staff of Southwestern Front of CRI Armed Forces», a 'Wahhabist' ('extremist') and an aide of Chechen Commander Doka Umarov.
Last Saturday Kavkaz Center news and information agency received some information from close friends and relatives of Israpilov, which flatly refute all FSB statements and call them totally deceitful and having nothing to do with reality.
In reality however, when the war started Ibrahim Israpilov, Prefect of Shatoi District of CRI in the Administration of President Maskhadov, moved to the town of Goragorsk, Northern Chechnya, with his family. On December 10 Mr. Israpilov was driving his car back home to Goragorsk from Ingushetia. His wife and his sister were with him. On the approaches to Goragorsk he was stopped by an armed group. The group was most likely a special unit of the FSB. After checking his IDs the armed men said: «Well, you’re the one that we need».
After that the women were told to step out of the vehicle. Their IDs were taken away and the women had to walk back to Goragorsk. Their IDs have not been returned yet. Israpilov was driven in his own car towards Ingushetia. Nothing was known about what happened to Israpilov for the next 16 days, up until the moment when Russian TV channels showed him on TV on December 26 and presented him as 'Basayev’s agent' arrested in Yessentuki, who was allegedly preparing terrorist acts in Yessentuki and organizing the blasts in Magas.
Thus, the original version has been confirmed: the FSB statement about the apprehension of the «organizer of terrorist acts» appears to be a propagandistic fiction, which was brought to disavow some opinions springing up in the Russian society about incapacity of Russian secret services to neutralize Chechen sabotage groups.
There is also a noticeable fact that Russian TV channels were especially stressing in their commentaries with reference to the FSB that Israpilov was allegedly the main operative in the entire strategy of the Chechen side on transferring war operations onto the territory of Russia.Kavkaz-Center
Three peaceful civilians kidnapped in Chechnya
More peaceful civilians were kidnapped in Chechnya in late November - early December: Roman Atayev, Zaurbek Umarov and Sharpudi Muhtarov. The relatives of the kidnapped reported that Mr. Atayev headed for Ingushetia and never came back. Relatives and loved ones conducted active searches and discovered the car that belonged to the kidnapped victim. The car was ditched near the village of Maiskoe in North Ossetia. This is where Atayev’s trace was lost.
Mr. Umarov and Mr. Muhtarov were captured by a group of armed invaders in the village of Nesterovskaya at the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia on December 1 before the eyes of dozens eyewitnesses. They were brought out of a bus and taken away with no explanations given. No information on what happened to them has been available ever since. The invaders’ structures and Kadyrov’s puppet police where the relatives appealed, claim they know nothing about victims’ whereabouts.
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