Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakayev, the attacker who shot Chechen fighter and Ukrainian patriot Adam Osmaev in Kyiv proved to be a hired assassin, wanted by special services of several countries for many years. He reportedly works for Ramzan Kadyrov, the incumbent pro-Kremlin president of Chechen Republic. Ukrainian, Russian and the U.S. outlets gathered information to prove this piece of information.
According to Ruspres, in 2006, former bodyguard of Ramzan Kadyrov, Umar Israpilov sued Russia, namely his former chief, whom he charged with kidnapping and torturing people. Back then, the bodyguard’s lawyer filed an application to police, saying that the killer had demanded that Israpilov call off his lawsuit against Kadyrov. In 2009, Israpilov was killed in Vienna, where he received sanctuary after escaping from Russia.
Kurmakayev was arrested and charged with murder. When interrogated, he told the investigators about the lists of Kadyrov’s enemies with names of 300 people to be sought and eliminated. According to the killer, 50 of these 300 lived in Austria and they were in danger; he allegedly tried to talk Israpilov into going back to Chechnya, and when he failed, he received order to kill the bodyguard, Ruspres wrote.
The New York Times that went for its own investigation into the murder of Israpilov, found out that in summer 2008, the killer illegally arrived in Europe to make Israpilov give up on his appeal from Strasbourg. Kurmakayev, who by then has changed many names and passports in Russia, hiding from special services, was offered a USD 100,000 as a reward for kidnapping or killing Israpilov.
Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakayev was born in Chechnya; in 1990, he found himself behind the bars, charged with extortion. However, in early 1991, he walked free due to the amnesty granted by the-then Chechen leader Dzhokhar Dudaev. Then, Denisultanov-Kurmakayev moved to Saint Petersburg.
As 112 International reported earlier, Adam Osmaev, the pro-Ukrainian fighter of Chechen origin, leader of Dzhokhar Dudaev volunteer battalion, underwent surgery and is now in the intensive care at a hospital in Kyiv. The shooting incident took place at Kyrylivska street in Kyiv on June 1. According to the source, the attacker used 9 mm Glock handgun, and Okueva fired four shots from her award weapon, the 9 mm Makarov.
Adam Osmaev is the former Ьajor in the army of Chechen Republic of Ichkeriya, the breakaway state that opposed the Russian political influence and military aggression in the Caucasus (de jure, the state ceased to exist in 2000; now it is the autonomous republic, part of the Russian Federation, - 112 International). In 2014, Osmaev joined the Dzhokhar Dudaev volunteer battalion, which fought in the Donbas conflict on the side of Ukraine’s government troops. When the unit’s long-standing commander Isa Munaev was killed by pro-Kremlin mercenaries in Debaltseve in February 2015, Osmaev took his office. Both Osmaev and Okueva, who have been married since 2009, served in Kyiv-2, the special task force of the National Police of Ukraine that also fought pro-Russian militants in Donbas.
The Ukrainian police seek the Russian trail in the incident.