Rasul Kudayev

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Rasul Kudayev
Rasul Kuldayev -- before and after Russian interrogation.jpg
Human rights worker assert that Rasul Kuldayev was so severely beaten by his Russian interrogators it left his face permanently disfigured.
Born (1984-01-23) January 23, 1984 (age 33)
Prokhladny, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
Released 2004-02-27
Citizenship Russia
Detained at Guantanamo
Alternate name Abdullah D. Kafkas
ISN 82
Charge(s) No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
Status Repatriated 2004-02-27

Rasul Kudayev is a Russian citizen who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.[1][2] Kudayev is a Muslim from the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

In 1995, while a young teenager, Kudayev won a wrestling championship.[3] His mother and brother stated that, in 2000, while still a teenager, Kudayev traveled to Central Asia to advance his sports career.

Kudayev, and six other Russian Guantanamo detainees (including Ruslan Odizhev who also lived in Nalchik), were repatriated to Russia, where they faced charges of illegal border crossing, being members of a criminal group and being a mercenary in an armed conflict, but were released without trial shortly after.[4]

In 2005, he was arrested in Nalchik for allegedly taking part in the preparation of the rebel raid, and participation in the attack itself (taking the road police post in Khasanya suburb of Nalchik).

On December 2, 2008 he was reported to have been seriously ill.[5][6] According to Human Rights Watch Kudayev has yet to stand trial. They reported that he acquired serious liver disease in Guantanamo, which Russian authorities have declined to treat. They report that he was receiving medical treatment for his liver disease at the time authorities assert he was engaging in the Nalchik attack. They claim his confession was coerced through beatings and coercive interrogation techniques.

Russian detention[edit]

Rasul Kudayev was taken into custody in October 2005.[7][8][9][10][11] The Washington Post reported he was apprehended: "in the southern Russian city of Nalchik after an assault on government facilities." Russian authorities have held him in extrajudicial detention—they have not laid any charges against him.

In December 2014 the court case on the raid was still in progress.[12]

Pentagon claim he had "returned to the fight"[edit]

On May 20, 2009, the New York Times, citing an unreleased Pentagon document, reported that Department of Defense officials claimed Rasul Kudayev was one of 74 former Guantanatmo captives who "are engaged in terrorism or militant activity."[13][14]


  1. ^ "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Eight Russian Citizens Kept at Guantanamo Base". Pravda. 2003-09-08. Retrieved 2008-07-26.  mirror
  3. ^ Eight Russian Citizens Kept at Guantanamo Base Archived 20100108000000 at WebCite, Pravda, September 8, 2003
  4. ^ "US handed Russia seven Russian members of Taliban". Pravda. 2004-01-03. Retrieved 2008-07-26.  mirror
  5. ^ "Russia -- Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Seriously Ill in Jail: Health Deteriorates During Lengthy Russian Detention". Human Rights Watch. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  6. ^ "The Stamp of Guantanamo" (PDF). Human Rights Watch. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  7. ^ Peter Finn (2006-09-03). "Russian Homeland No Haven For Ex-Detainees, Activists Say: Men Freed From Guantanamo Allegedly Face Campaign of Abuse". Washington Post. p. A14. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. 
  8. ^ "The "Stamp of Guantanamo"". Human Rights Watch. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Rasul Kudaev". Amnesty International. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  10. ^ "Russian Federation: Medical concern: Rasul Kudaev". Amnesty International. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2009-01-08. [dead link]
  11. ^ "2006 Annual Report for Russian Federation". Amnesty International. January–December 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  12. ^ "Подсудимый Кудаев не имеет права на алиби?". KavPolit. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  13. ^ Elizabeth Bumiller (2009-05-20). "Later Terror Link Cited for 1 in 7 Freed Detainees". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. 
  14. ^ "Recidivism". New York Times. 2009-05-20. Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. 

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