Turkey is not going to deliver Movladi Udugov to Russia – the major ideologist of the Chechen terrorists (if he is in Turkey, of course). This was said by the prime-minister of Turkey, who added that different countries had different positions pertaining to the anti-terrorist struggle.
However, on January 9 Turkey addressed to Russia with a request to give it the materials from Udugov's extradition file in order to consider the claim from Moscow about the arrest and delivery of the terrorist. Russia perceived that step as Ankara’s willingness to cooperate with Moscow in the field of struggle with the international terrorist, though.
Russian assistant president Sergey Yastrzhembsky declared that “we start a closer cooperation to detain the people, connected with the international terrorist network.” The Russian authorities knew Udugov was not in Turkey, that it was only like a show, that the statements about the broad cooperation with Russia were only the words. But it was pleasant in a way.
Now it just so happens that Ankara refuses from its words, although these words could be the opinion of the prime-minister only. We should remind here that Movladi Udugov has been searched for by the federal bodies since the spring of 2000. In case he is extradited to Russia, he is going on trial for the organization of the attack of the Chechen gunmen on the republic of Dagestan in the fall of 1999.
Udugov used to be Johar Dudayev’s press-secretary in the past (Dudayev is the ex-president of Chechnya). He has been waging the informational war against Russia since 1994. In august of 1996 Udugov became the first vice-premier for the state politics and information of the Chechen government.
Sergey Yugov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov