The Man Who Would Be Martyred

About two months ago, Movsar Barayev disappeared from Argun, the war-shattered town southeast of Grozny where he was a Chechen guerrilla commander. People who asked after him were told that he had moved his base elsewhere. He may already have been in Moscow, working on the theater attack where he was killed last week, at 27, after seizing more than 800 captives.

Some of Movsar's comrades from Argun almost certainly were in Moscow early. The more than 50 people with him — who dubbed themselves the 29th Suicide Division — were a composite team, drawn from Movsar's own...

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