Timur Mutsurayev

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Timur Mutsurayev
Native name
Муцурай ХӀамзат-кӀант Темур (Chechen)
Тимур Хамзатович Муцураев (Russian)
Birth nameTimur Mutsurayev
Born (1976-06-25) June 25, 1976 (age 43)
OriginGrozny, Chechen-Ingush ASSR, Soviet Union
GenresMusic of Chechnya, Bard (Soviet Union), Nasheed
InstrumentsVoice, Guitar
Years active1991—2008

Timur Mutsurayev (Chechen: Муцурай ХӀамзат-кӀант Темур Mucuray Hamzat-khant Temur; Russian: Тимур Хамзатович Муцураев; born June 25, 1976), or Mucuraev, is a Chechen singer and bard.[1][2][3]


Mutsurayev was born in Grozny. Mutsurayev's first recorded song, Jerusalem, gained airplay during the 1999–2000 Battle of Grozny. Many of Mutsurayev's songs are stridently supportive of Chechen independence, and he personally believed that peace negotiations would eventually end the Second Chechen War. Distribution of some of his songs was banned by the Russian government as they were labeled "extremist".[4] In 2008, he returned to Chechnya.[2][5]


  1. ^ Тимур Муцураев (in Russian). DJ SAGA.
  2. ^ a b Тимур Муцураев: Певец джихада призывает к миру? (in Russian). REGNUM. 2008.
  3. ^ Oliver Bullough (2010). Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys among the defiant people of the Caucasus. Penguin Books. ISBN 9780141956220.
  4. ^ Федеральный список экстремистских материалов (in Russian). Министерство юстиции Российской Федерации.
  5. ^ Andrei Babitsky (2008). "Why has Timur Mutsurayev returned (or not returned)?". Prague Watchdog.