Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 1 Issue: 7

On December 5, in the Chechen settlement of Gehki, located in Urus-Martan District, there was an apparent attempt to kill the pro-Moscow Chechen mayor of Djohar, Bislan Gantamirov. A band of 100-120 heavily armed men broke into his house located in the settlement, but Gantamirov had, at the last minute, changed his plans and decided to remain in Djohar (Segodnya, December 6). Gantamirov subsequently charged that Russian military personnel had participated in this raid, an accusation vehemently denied by a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, who termed the charge “an absurdity and delirium” (RIA novosti, December 7).