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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB Says Moscow Bomber Paid $500,000 by Chechens




Chechen warlords paid $500,000 to the man who organized the deadly bombings of three apartment buildings in September, an official at the Federal Security Service, or FSB, said Monday.


Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Saturday ran a rather detailed account of what the FSB has managed to unearth so far about the bomb attacks, which the FSB blames on Chechen-trained terrorists.


The story, which the FSB officer said was "correct," said Achemez Gochiyayev had organized the two bombings in Moscow in cooperation with three other followers of a radical Islamic movement: Denis Saitakov, Yusuf Krymshakhmalov and Khakim Abayev.


The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said this payment is "more circumstantial evidence" that Chechen warlords were behind the blasts, even though Gochiyayev is a native of Karachayevo-Cherkessia and not Chechnya. The FSB official would not name the warlords.


Krymshakhmalov is also accused of helping bomb an apartment building in the southern city of Volgodonsk, Nezavisimaya reported.


All four suspects have been posted on the FSB's most-wanted list.


Law enforcement agencies have given different accounts of how many people are suspected of having been involved in the apartment blasts.


Investigators from the FSB and Interior Ministry held a joint press conference in March to say there are 26 people on their list of suspects. Several have been arrested, but most are still on the run.