General Aslambek Abdulkhadzhiev (died 26 August 2002) was a field commander during the First and Second Chechen Wars. He was a deputy of Shamil Basayev, and commissioner of Shalinsky and Vedensky Districts after being appointed by Dzhokhar Dudayev in 1994.
Abdulkhadzhiev took part in the Basayev led Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis in June 1995. Shamil's fighters seized the Budyonnovsk hospital and the 1,600 people inside for a period of several days. In total, 129 civilians died and 415 were wounded. They then successfully retreated to Chechnya under cover of hostages. The media coverage surrounding the events propelled Basayev into the international spotlight, and made him Chechnya's most famed national hero overnight.
In a Prism interview, Abdulkhadzhiev gave his opinion of the Budyonnovsk tragedy:
AA: Here I must say we do not plan anything like Budennovsk. The Budennovsk tragedy will never be repeated. Moreover, we did not make these plans except as a last resort. Why was the world was silent when Shali was bombed, when some 400 people were killed or wounded? In fact, the evil we did in Budennovsk was not even 30 percent of what they did in Shali. And what was world community's reaction when they wiped out Samashki and Serzhen-Yurt?
AA: I want peace. Budennovsk is the way for all small people to save themselves. Today it is possible to have all the might of a big state turned against this state. Therefore, this war is senseless and it must be stopped no matter how much certain politicians would wish it to continue.
PRISM: You are saying Budennovsk will never be repeated. Then what will happen?
- "Prism Interview: "We Set Off For Budennovsk With A One-Way Ticket"". Prism. The Jamestown Foundation. 20 October 1995. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- ORT Review, Compiled by Luba Schwartzman, 26 August 2002
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