A message from the Official Defense Council of the Chechen Republic today praises Martyr Aslan Maskhdov, President of the Republic of Chechnya, who was killed in a shootout with Russian forces on Tuesday March 8, 2005.
According to the message, ?Aslan Maskhadov paid his complete duty as he should have in front of Allah and his people...As a leader of an Islamic fighting nation, he headed the mujahideen until his last breath.?
The message further indicates that the Control of the Chechen resistance currently belongs to the Official Defense Council saying: ?According to the Chechen Republic?s Constitution, the Chechen Republic?s Official Defense Council announces that the Defense Council is the only power [currently] in the Chechen state.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.