All this means is that Putin has seized enough dictatorial power and doesn't need Basayev anymore. Like our own Osama, Shamil Basayev played the role
of the bogeyman providing cover for Russia's own unpopular mid-east misadventure.
Attacking a school full of kids? Come on! How is that supposed to help the Chechyan separartist cause? Makes about as much sense as Al-Queda
benefitting by 911. Maybe his true transgression was trying to blackmail Putin:
From an old news release:
"Shamil Basayev, Russia’s most wanted man, issued the statement on separatist website www.kavkazcenter.com
Basayev, who last week was appointed deputy leader of Chechnya’s separatists, said his fighters had plenty of information to share. “We have a lot
to tell but we have been waiting for the Russians to finish their ’investigation’. They are dragging out this process because they have nothing to
tell people,” he said.
“Today we are ready for an open international inquiry to the Beslan events. We have a living participant in the operation who is prepared to give
Perhaps he had info on the following:
"Dudiyeva(Beslan Mothers Committee) said the committee had uncovered important details about the hostage-taking, such as that the truck carrying the
militants to the school had a police officer as an escort and that weapons had been stored in the school ahead of time..."
But the operation seems to have worked its magic on the masses:
"There is no God. There is only military force. I believe in Russia and in our armed forces. That's what I believed in during the terrorist
"If I were president, I would order them to send unarmed terrorists to me and I would, with my bare hands, using a knife, slit their throats."
'Chermen', age 7, a survivor of the 2004 attack.
"You've got to be able to move quickly if you're running from Feds or special ops."
--Jeff Weise, alleged Red Lake, MN school shooter