06MOSCOW7293, FSB CONFIRMS DEATH OF SHAMIL BASAYEV

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06MOSCOW7293 2006-07-10 14:25 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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O 101425Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8739
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 007293 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/10/2016 
TAGS: MOPS MARR PGOV PINR RS
SUBJECT: FSB CONFIRMS DEATH OF SHAMIL BASAYEV 
 
Classified By: DCM Daniel A. Russell.  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
1. (C) The Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed to LEGATT 
at 1715 local that Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev was 
killed in an operation in the early hours of July 10. 
LEGATT's FSB contacts, who had minutes earlier been unaware 
of the reports, refused to give further details. 
 
2. (C) According to the Russian press, FSB chief Patrushev 
July 10 reported the death of Basayev to President Putin, who 
congratulated him.  Press reports suggest that the death was 
the result of an FSB operation in Ingushetia to forestall a 
planned terrorist attack on the eve of the G-8 Summit.  There 
have been numerous previous reports of Basayev's death.  They 
have not, however, gotten to the level of the head of the FSB 
informing the President. 
 
3. (C) Journalists and others in the region have heard wildly 
varying reports.  The UN's security service heard from its 
contacts that an air attack on a house resulted in the death 
of Basayev and one other fighter.  Journalists in Ingushetia, 
however, report that there was an enormous explosion in the 
early hours of July 10, and that it seemed to involve a car 
and truck in the vicinity of Magas.  None has seen a body 
yet.  The official Ingushetia website posted a report at 
17:04 local stating that an explosion 2 kilometers from the 
village Ekazhevo left a burning truck and four corpses.  One 
of the corpses resembled Shamil Basayev, but accurate 
identification was possible only in the morning.  Two of the 
other corpses were identified as Ingush. "Thus, Shamil 
Basayev died as a result of the spontaneous explosion of a 
truck loaded with explosives." 
 
4. (C) A Presidential Administration source noted that the 
circle of support for Basayev had been narrowing in recent 
months, and in the context of Chechnya "that is death."  He 
predicted this would be the "end of terrorism" in Chechnya. 
He noted that Basayev's favorite expression was "let the 
world burn with a great fire," and implied that those who 
succeeded Basayev would not have that ruthlessness. 
 
5. (C) Comment:  The report of Basayev's death is 
suspiciously good p.r. for Putin in light of the upcoming G-8 
Summit.  If the report turns out to be true, the anti-Russian 
insurgency has indeed suffered a great -- perhaps fatal -- 
blow.  But given the complexities of the nationalist/jihadist 
movements in the North Caucasus, and the difficulties Russia 
has had in finding non-force solutions to pervasive problems 
there, "the end of terrorism" could still be some years in 
the future. 
BURNS

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