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This post has been translated into Italian. Italian version (traduzione in italiano). French version (en Frances).
Regular readers, you don’t really want to download this file or view this video at all.
Chechclear is one of the most horrible videos ever made available on the Web. It involves the execution of a Russian soldier during the Chechen War.
There is a lot of controversy about it.
Chechens say he was a mercenary, and that is why he was killed. It took place in 1996 in Chechnya. The best information from many former Russian soldiers on forums is that the man executed was a a Russian contract soldier named Alexei Shcherbatykh. He was a contract soldier, not a mercenary, meaning he continued his service after conscription. He was picked up with other soldiers you see in the the video that proceeds Chechclear (see below). They went into town to pick up vodka. It was a bad mistake, as you can see what happened to them.
Some say that the man being beheaded is Yevgeny Rodionov, age 19. However, this is incorrect. Rodionov was captured at age 18 and beheaded at age 19, but his beheading was not captured on film.
Another story from 2ch.ru is that it is possible that it is not Alexei in the video and that the person was not a soldier but a civilian hostage named Yuri who was killed to make a point to the other hostages.
Some think that the man’s throat was cut by Khattab, the famous Saudi jihadi who fought with the Chechens until he was killed by a poison letter.
The chechclear execution is one of three carried out that day by Temirbulatov’s men. His men captured the four contract soldiers outside the town of Komsomolskoye on April 12, 1996.
There is videotape of Temirbulatov questioning the four men. He and his men then shot two of them and beheaded the a third. It is not known what happened to the fourth man. There is an old videotape of very poor quality that is very hard to find that shows Temirbulatov questioning the four men. Then he and his accomplices shoot two of men each in turn, next someone saws the third man’s head off. However, this tape is not a part of chechclear.wmv.
According to Movldy Khasanov, an arrested Chechen rebel and member of the same Temirbulatov gang, the beheader was actually a man named Daddy or Batya in Chechen. He was reportedly killed in a Russian mortar attack one month later. However, Khasanov may be lying to cover up for his boss who was arrested for the crime the year before. Temirbulatov was arrested on March 20, 2000 and charged with this murder and three other murders of Russian contract soldiers. He was indicted on February 15, 2001. One of the videos used to convict him was chechclear.
This video was purchased by Russian media in 1999. Channel 2 is the only station that played the media in the full version. They played this video to make Chechens appear to be brutal maniacs and drum up support for the Chechen War.
Temirbulatov was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. There are rumors that he was killed in prison by Russian Orthodox prisoners and that they beheaded him as revenge for his crimes, but there is no confirmation of that.
There is supposedly a much longer, 5-minute, unedited version that is much worse but is either almost or completely impossible to find anymore. In that video, his captors beat and humiliate this man for several minutes before they behead him.
Yet another version shows Temirbulatov kneeling on the victim’s back, then beheading him, then holding the severed head up in the air and laughing. This one is also almost impossible to find anymore.