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On this day May 9, 2004

Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.

Akhmad Kadyrov Ахмат Кадыров

Akhmad Kadyrov Ахмат Кадыров

The explosion ripped through VIP seating at a “Dinamo” football stadium during a mid-morning Soviet Victory Day parade in the capital Grozny, instantly killing Akhmad Kadyrov.

Two of Kadyrov’s bodyguards, the Chairman of the Chechen State Council, a Reuters journalist, and as many as a dozen others were killed (later report said more than 30 died).

Some 56 others were wounded, including Colonel General Valery Baranov, the commander of Russian forces in Chechnya who lost his leg in the explosion. The bomb was said to have been built into the concrete of a supporting column during recent repairs. Read More…

On this day October 26, 2002

Approximately 40 Chechen rebels and 130 hostages died when Russian forces stormed a theater building in Moscow to end a four-day hostage siege.

The seizure start in a crowded Moscow theater on October 23, 2002 by about 40-50 armed Chechen rebel fighters who claimed allegiance to the separatist movement in Chechnya. They took 850 hostages and demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya and an end to the Second Chechen War.

The siege was led by Movsar Barayev (aged 22 at the time). After a two-and-a-half day siege, Russian OSNAZ forces pumped an unknown chemical agent into the building’s ventilation system and raided it. Read More…