Ahmed Ibragimov

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Ahmed Ibragimov
Born ca. 1956
Died October 10, 1999 (aged 43)
Mikenskaya, Chechnya, Russia
Cause of death Lynched
Killings
Date October 8, 1999
Location(s) Mikenskaya, Chechnya, Russia
Target(s) Russians
Killed 35
Injured 20+
Weapons Kalashnikov rifle

Ahmed Ibragimov (Russian: Ахмед Ибрагимов) was a Chechen mass murderer, who killed at least 34 Russian inhabitants of the village of Mikenskaya, Chechnya, on October 8, 1999, during the Second Chechen War. Ibragimov escaped the village, but was captured two days later and handed over to relatives of his victims, who publicly lynched him in the village square.

Background[edit]

Ahmed Ibragimov was born in 1956, and was a native of Mikenskaya, Chechnya, a village about 30 miles northwest of Grozny. During the privatization after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 90s, he acquired some farm machinery and worked as a driver, later on running a small shop, and at one point was also the local postman.[1] Ibragimov had a brother who was killed in the First Chechen War, and at the time of the killings he was living in Chernokozovo.[2] In August 1999, the Second Chechen War began, and on October 1 the Russian Federation invaded Chechnya as part of the conflict.

Massacre[edit]

On October 8, a battle between Chechen government rebels and the Russian Army occurred in the Mikenskaya area. After the battle had ceased, people came out of their hiding places, and Ibragimov first approached a group of people sitting on a bench, and after a little chat with them he took out a Kalashnikov rifle and shot four of them. Ibragimov, who was reportedly drunk, then went through the village and shot those whom he recognized as being Russians, while sparing those who were Chechens. After taking a bicyle from one of his victims, he methodically rode to houses occupied by Russians, called out their inhabitants, and shot them.[3][4] Whenever he wounded his victims, he would kill them by shooting them again in the head.[5] The victims were left lying in the streets, in yards, and in their homes. In less than an hour, Ibragimov had killed at least 34 Russian inhabitants of the village, aged from 10 to 89 years. He fled when he ran out of ammunition, though two days later, he was captured by Chechen rebels and handed over to the village elders. Without going through a trial, he was handcuffed to a pole at the village square, where he was beaten to death with iron rods by two Russian brothers whose parents he had killed. Ibragimov's corpse was then left lying in the street since the local mullahs forbade to bury him.[6][7][8]

The reason for the shooting apparently was the villagers' refusal to dig trenches, and the killing of Chechens by the Russians.[9] Ibragimov, according to one villager, stated that "Russians are killing Chechens, so now I am going to kill Russians."[10] Various higher death tolls have been reported, ranging from 35 (34 Russians and a Meskhetian Turk), and 39, to up to 41, and it was also reported that he had shot 42 Russians and five Chechens.[2][11][12][10][2]

Ibragimov reportedly had already killed several members of a family named Allenov in another village called Alpatovo a few days prior.

Victims[edit]

Individuals[edit]

Furthermore, the following persons were killed:[8]

  • Peter Atarshikov (Петр Атарщиков)
  • Zoya Filippovna Andriyenko (Зоя Филипповна Андриенко) - Teacher at a local school.
  • Victor Kakezov (Виктор Какезов)
  • Mariya Ivanovna Maslova (Мария Ивановна Маслова)
  • Ekaterina Ivanovna Pyltsina (Екатерина Ивановна Пыльцина) - Secretary for the village council.
  • Dmitri Radchenko (Дмитрий Радченко)
  • Mrs. Tatarenko (Татаренко) and her two sons, one of whom (Kolya Tatarenko) was 10-years-old.

Families[edit]

Among those killed were up to four members of the following families:[1]

  • Drobilov (Дробилов)
  • Radchenko (Радченко)
  • Fedosov (Федосов)
  • Pletnev (Плетнев)

Aftermath[edit]

On December 21, 1999, Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov was summoned by the North Caucasus branch of the Russian General Prosecutor's Office to be questioned about the shooting and other atrocities that had occurred in Chechnya since 1991. The bodies of Ibragimov's victims were exhumed by Russian investigators, who were trying to examine the circumstances of the shooting.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Военные будни "мирных" районов Чечни, Nezavisimaya Gazeta (October 12, 2001)
  2. ^ a b c Преступления режима Дудаева - Масхадова., Rodina
  3. ^ Chechen war leaves air of hatred, mistrust in village, Boston Globe (May 25, 2000)
  4. ^ War Deepens Chechen-Russian Hate; Chechens Say War Genocide; Russians Say It's Deserved, The Seattle Times (December 22, 1999)
  5. ^ Прыганов, С.: Вторжение в Россию; Экспринт, 2003.
  6. ^ В чеченcкой станице эксгумировали тела жителей, расстрелянных односельчанином, Lenta (October 17, 1999)
  7. ^ Russian official says prosecution service being set up in Chechnya, Itar-Tass (December 30, 1999)
  8. ^ a b Теперь нас уже не пугают, а просто убивают, pressarchive.ru (November 19, 1999)
  9. ^ Чечня. РУССКИЕ ЖИТЕЛИ РЕСПУБЛИКИ БЫЛИ ГЛАВНЫМИ ЖЕРТВАМИ МЕСТНЫХ БАНДИТОВ, Pravda (February 17, 2000)
  10. ^ a b Chechen kills 41 villagers in revenge for Russian occupation, NTV (October 14, 1999)
  11. ^ Защитите русских!, Rossiyskaya Gazeta (May 11, 2000)
  12. ^ ЧЕЧЕНСКИЕ БУДНИ ВОЕННЫХ КОНТРРАЗВЕДЧИКОВ, Независимое военное обозрени (February 4, 2000)
  13. ^ Chechen President Maskhadov summoned by prosecutor's office, Itar-Tass (December 21, 1999)
  14. ^ Chechen leader asked to testify in murder case, Itar-Tass (December 21, 1999)

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