"When the first military campaign had ended, Basayev appointed Elmurzayev head of the Tsa-Vedeno Administration, which post he occupied till the start of the second campaign", said the spokesman of the Chechen Ministry of the Interior, noting that Elmurzayev had also taken part in the attack on the town of Budennovsk in the mid-1990s.
According to A. Deniyev, "since the fall of 1999, Elmurzayev provided support to Basayev and his following. Lately, he stayed in Ingushetia". To get him to surrender, he said, "we had to work with the clergy, his kith and kin". Investigating procedures specified by law are underway.