Meet ‘Muslim’: The Chechen Commander Battling Russia With Some Unlikely Allies

The knowledge that the toffee-and-poppy-seed cake had been made by a group of local volunteers was enough to reassure the Chechen militia commander that he would not be poisoned over afternoon tea. “For anything else,” he said, handing over a small cardboard box containing a Geiger counter, “I always scan for radiation.”

Clad in combat fatigues and sporting an impressive black and white beard, the exile goes by the nom de guerre of “Muslim.” Many of his associates were poisoned by the Russian security services, he said, and he was not prepared to meet the same fate. He has survived to reach his mid-40s despite two devastating Chechen wars with Russia in the 1990s, a decade living as a guerrilla in the remote mountains of the North Caucasus, and now 12 months fighting the Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

  • Censored_EG

    Meet Muslim:

    • jayme

      He looks like he’s in pain – probably from the weight of that ugly thing on his face, itching and pulling at his skin. Poor fellow: Someone should show him a little compassion and take the scissors to that unsightly and unsanitary facial feature of his. I’m sure he’d be grateful.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    He looks like Osama Bin Laden’s stunt double.

  • Fran800

    Right Sector are pro-Nazi. Not surprising they are on good terms with Chechin terrorists. Hitler admired Islam, and many defeated Nazis went to Muslim countries after the war and converted to Islam.

  • pike bishop

    Has the nom de guerre thing escaped them?