“The Kremlin, which had accused Maskhadov of masterminding a series of deadly attacks on civilian targets, including last year’s Beslan school siege, hailed his death as a success for its policies.
But some political analysts, who saw him as a moderate leader with whom the Kremlin could negotiate, told Reuters that Maskhadov’s death was a blow to any chance of peace in the region.
“Instead of the weak argument that (the Kremlin) has nothing to discuss with Maskhadov … there is now an overwhelming conclusion: There really isn’t anyone to negotiate with anymore,” said the Izvestia newspaper.”
I am not real optimistic about this. If they are willing to slaughter children this fight is a long way from being over.