Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 4 Issue: 31

The mainstream Moscow media are intensifying their accusations that “former” rebel fighters now serving in the Kadyrov administration’s police continue to cooperate with the separatist guerrillas. According an article by Nikolai Yakorev in the August 14 issue of Nezavisimaya gazeta, a force of about twenty rebel guerrillas seized a police station in the village of Aslanbek-Sheripovo in southern Chechnya’s Shatoi district. According to Yakorev, the absence of casualties suggests that the police did not even resist. The rebels seized the policemen’s firearms and torched the building as well as two official vehicles.

Also, wrote Yakorev, three policemen who had previously been rebel fighters were recently arrested for assaulting and robbing a family in Grozny. Criminal activity by such “werewolves” is not unusual, said Yakorev’s sources.