Another participant of attack on Pskov Airborne Division in 2000 arrested

The Main Investigations Directorate over North Caucasian Federal District of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation continues the investigation into the armed attack committed by the united armed gang led by Basaev and Khattab in the forested mountain area of Ulus-Kert rural settlement in Shatoy District of the Chechen Republic against military personnel of the 6th squadron of the 104th regiment of the 76th Pskov Airborne Division that had entailed the death of 84 soldiers and injuries of varying severity to four soldiers.

During the investigation, on December 11, in cooperation with the Federal Security Service Stavropol Regional Directorate, at suspicion of committing offences under Article 279, Article 209, and Article 317 of the Criminal Code of Russia (armed rebellion; banditry and encroachment on the life of an officer of a law-enforcement agency) a member of Basayev’s gang Shamil Kazbulatov was detained.

Due to extreme gravity of committed offences, the investigation intends to motion the court to rule for putting him into custody.

At the moment, the investigators are establishing the role and certain activities performed by the accused during the attack and checking his involvement in other crimes not associated with the investigated probe. Moreover, they are carrying out active measures to identify other gang members involved in the attack. The criminal investigation is ongoing.

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Official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Russia S. Petrenko