Shamil Basayev

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Shamil Basayev was a Chechen Jihadist terrorist who fought against the Russian government of Vladimir Putin. He was responsible for many terrorist outrages, including the Moscow theatre siege of 2002 and The Beslan school siege of 2004.[1][2] He had close links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban and, like his ally, Al Khattab, he had a vicious hatred of Christians.[Citation Needed] In July 2006, he was killed by Russian forces.[3]

Shamil Basayev, a radical Islamist, was influenced by his own account by the 'Arabs' who "opened his eyes" to a “proper” Islam, including the concept of holy war (ghazavat), which "should go on until all the Christians are converted to Islam."


  1. C. J. Chivers, Chechen Rebel's Cause May Die With Him, New York Times, July 11, 2006.
    Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for some of Russia's worst terror attacks, including the Beslan school siege.... Mr. Basayev’s connections to international jihad movements and his record of planning terrorist acts against civilians had already undermined the image of the Chechen cause. But the school siege became a turning point on many levels.
  2. Feoktistov, I. (2019). Terror in the Cradle of Liberty: How Boston Became a Center for Islamic Extremism. United States: Encounter Books.
  3. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Death of Shamil Basayev, The Spectator, 7/14/2006.
  4. Hatina, M. (2016). Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing. 181.