Ahmed Alikhadjiev


Starting at the age of 18, from 1989 to 1991, he served the two-year compulsory military service in the armed forces of the Soviet Union. From 1992 to 1994, Akhmed lived in Moscow, where he tried his own business enterprise. At the eve of the first Russo-Chechen war (1994 – 1996), Mr Alikhadjiev moved back to Chechnya and joined the ranks of the defenders of his motherland from Russian invaders. He did not participate in the so-called second Russo-Chechen. In the period of 1997-1999 Akhmed lived in Chechnya and was engaged in some business enterprise. From 1999 to 2003, together with his family and relatives, Akhmed Alikhadjiev lived on the territory of neighbouring Ingushetia. In 2003 he left Russian Federation for Austria where he lives to present day.

In 2010, Mr Alikhazjiev testified against Ramzan Kadyrov for the police, in the case of the murder of Umar Israilov – the ethnic Chechen and former guard of Ramzan Kadyrov, who was killed in Vienna on January 13, 2009. After the testimony Akhmed has been in Witness Protection Program, but after six months left the program on his own initiative.

After the annexation of Crimea and further invasion of Russia into Ukraine in 2014, he has been appointed a deputy-commander for political affairs of the “International Peacekeeping Battalion of Jawhar Dudaev”, which has been formed in 2014, in Ukraine, with the purpose of protection of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; to protect democracy and the European choice of Ukraine’s political and economic development. Akhmed was engaged with establishing the dialog and negotiations of the battalion with the Ukrainian side.

In November 2014, together with Ukrainian friends and activists, he setup an organisation called “Ukrainian-Chechen Friendship” and started establishing direct contacts and the dialog between Ukrainians and Chechens with the aim to disrupt and prevent the plans of Putin and Kadyrov in spreading conflict and antagonism between the two nations. According to the scheme of rotation of the organisation’s Charter, Akhmed Alikhadjiev is still the Director of “Ukrainian-Chechen Friendship.”

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