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Shamil Basayev

1965 - 2006

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Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (Chechen: Салман ВоӀ Шамиль; Russian: Шамиль Салманович Басаев; 14 January 1965 – 10 July 2006), also known by his kunya "Abu Idris", was a senior military commander in the Chechen independence movement and terrorist. As a military commander in separatist armed forces of Chechnya, one of his most notable battles was the separatist recapture of Grozny in 1996, which he personally planned and commanded together with Aslan Maskhadov. Starting as a field commander in the Transcaucasus, Basayev led guerrilla campaigns against Russian forces for years, as well as launching mass-hostage takings of civilians, with his goal being the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Chechnya. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shamil Basayev has received more than 1,539,920 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 53 in 2019). Shamil Basayev is the 67th most popular extremist (up from 83rd in 2019), the 403rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 495th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Extremist.

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Among extremists, Shamil Basayev ranks 67 out of 209Before him are Hermine Braunsteiner, Johnny Torrio, Barry Seal, Timothy McVeigh, Dennis Rader, and Marc Dutroux. After him are Sada Abe, Charles Sobhraj, Boris Savinkov, Jean II, Duke of Alençon, Henry Lee Lucas, and Jalaluddin Haqqani.

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Among people born in 1965, Shamil Basayev ranks 24Before him are Khaled Hosseini, Dragan Stojković, Rodney King, Laurent Blanc, José Luis Chilavert, and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. After him are Waris Dirie, Ben Stiller, Viola Davis, Hans-Dieter Flick, Fumihito, Prince Akishino, and Slash. Among people deceased in 2006, Shamil Basayev ranks 51Before him are Robert Bruce Merrifield, Zoia Ceaușescu, Shohei Imamura, Raymond Davis Jr., Mariska Veres, and Romano Mussolini. After him are Claude Jade, Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Glenn Ford, Richard Kuklinski, Betty Friedan, and Richard Fleischer.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Shamil Basayev ranks 403 out of 3,262Before him are Zinovy Rozhestvensky (1848), Vasili Kuznetsov (1901), Yaroslav II of Vladimir (1191), Lyudmila Ulitskaya (1943), Valery Leontiev (1949), and Roza Shanina (1924). After him are Sergius of Radonezh (1314), Avvakum (1620), Basil Fool for Christ (1468), Leonid Rogozov (1934), Pyotr Krasnov (1869), and Mehmed I Giray (1465).

Among EXTREMISTS In Russia

Among extremists born in Russia, Shamil Basayev ranks 2Before him are Pavlik Morozov (1918). After him are Wilhelm Voigt (1849), Dokka Umarov (1964), Dmitry Ilyich Ulyanov (1874), and Alexander Pichushkin (1974).