Chechen warlord Arbi Barayev was behind the kidnapping in Moscow of an Israeli boy, who was held hostage in Russia for 10 months before being freed, the Kommersant daily reported on Thursday.
Abducted in August 1999, Adi Sharon, 13, was rescued last June from a suburban house in Penza, in the central Russian Volga region.
Russian police at the time announced that they had smashed a kidnapping gang of 13 people, with members from Moscow and Penza, who were active in the Caucausus and central Russia.
One of those arrested was named as Mussa Araniyev, a 31-year-old Ingush follower of the feared warlord Arbi Barayev.
A supporter of radical Islamic Wahhabism, Barayev, 24, is a prominent pro-independence guerrilla commander in the 14-month conflict in Chechnya that began when Russian forces invaded the rebel province in October 1999.
He is also suspected of involvement in the kidnapping in Chechnya of three Britons and a New Zealander found decapitated in 1998 – MOSCOW (AFP)
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